the dog and the leopard (Ingenuity)
(a little wisdom/humor in a tale of a little wiener dog)
A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund along for company rather than leave it at a kennel for the duration of his vacation. One day, the dachshund started chasing butterflies and before long, the dog discovered that it was lost.
So, wondering about, it noticed a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having it for lunch. The little dog thought, “Okay, I’m in deep trouble.” Then it noticed some bones on the ground close by and immediately he settled down and chewed on the bones with his back to the approaching leopard.
Just as the leopard was about to leap, the dachshund exclaimed loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more leopards around here?”
Hearing this, the leopard held his attack in mid-stride. A look of terror came over him and he slinked away into the trees. “Woo,” said the leopard, “That dog nearly had me.”
Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a near-by tree, figured he could put his knowledge to good use and trade this information for protection from the leopard. The monkey decided to tell the leopard the truth about what the little dog had done.
The dachshund saw the monkey run over and talk to the leopard and figured that the monkey was telling the leopard about the little dog’s ploy and knew something was up. The monkey did indeed tell the leopard about the tricky little dogs method in exchange for the leopard to never eat the monkey. The leopard and the monkey struck a deal.
“I have been made a fool of?” The leopard huffed, “here monkey, hop on my back and see what is going to happen to that conniving little dog.”
Now, the dachshund saw the monkey hop on the leopards back and the leopard was now running toward him. “What am I going to do now?” Thought the little dog.
Instead of running the little dog sat down with his back to the approaching leopard with the monkey on its back. The dachshund waited and when the leopard was close enough to hear, the dachshund said, “Where is that darn monkey. I sent him off an hour ago, to bring me another leopard.”
moral: A little ingenuity goes a long ways. One of my favorite sayings is, “Whip them with your mind, not your fist.” I would say the little dachshund did just that.
have an ingenuity day