The Thief and the Housedog

: Aesop's Fables

A THIEF came in the night to break into a house. He brought with

him several slices of meat in order to pacify the Housedog, so

that he would not alarm his master by barking. As the Thief

threw him the pieces of meat, the Dog said, "If you think to stop

my mouth, you will be greatly mistaken. This sudden kindness at

your hands will only make me more watchful, lest under these

unexpected favors to myself, you have some private ends to

accomplish for your own benefit, and for my master's injury."