The Washerman’s Donkey

The Donkey and the Dog

This is a story of a Washerman and his two pets – a donkey and a dog. The Dog used to guard his master’s house and escort him wherever he went. The Donkey used to carry stack of clothes on his back to and fro the river.

One night, when everyone was asleep, a thief got into the house. Even after seeing the thief, the Dog didn’t bark. When the Donkey saw the thief entering the house, he asked the Dog, “Dear Friend, didn’t you see a thief entered the house? Why don’t you bark and awake our master?”

The Dog answered, “Mind your own business. Don’t talk to me about my duties; I know how to guard my master. I have been guarding this house for long, but master doesn’t care for me. From the past few days, he doesn’t even feed me properly. He doesn’t know my worth. I won’t wake him up. When this thief will steal valuables from his house then only he will recognize my importance”.

The Donkey exasperatingly said, “You fool! This is not the time to complain. This is the time for action. Be fast and do something to wake up the master”. The Dog angrily replied, “No. As he does not care for me so I wont care for him either”. The Donkey shouted, “O wicked creature, you are full of ingratitude towards your master. You are ignoring your duty just when you are required most. Fine, I will do your duty and wake him up”.

The Donkey brayed at the top of his voice which made the washerman to wake up. The thief quickly ran away from the scene. The Washerman looked around but could find anyone. He got furious at the Donkey for disturbing his sleep and thrashed him with a stick. The poor Donkey was left with pain for months.

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