Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The safari dog, the leopard, and the monkey

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company.

One day the dog starts chasing butterflies, and before long he discovers that he is lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.

The dog thinks, "Oh, boy, I'm in big trouble now!"

But then he notices some bones on the ground close by and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly, "Man, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more cats around here?"

Hearing this, a look of terror comes over the leopard. He halts his attack in mid-stride and slinks away into the trees. "Whew," he says. "That was close! That dog nearly had me!!"

A monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use. He decides to trade news of the deception for protection from the leopard. Off goes the monkey in hot pursuit.

The dog hears the commotion and notices the monkey heading after the leopard with great speed. He figures something must be up and begins to analyze the possibilities.

Meanwhile, the monkey soon catches up with the leopard and reveals how the dog tricked the cat. Then he strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The cat is furious at being made a fool of and wants revenge. He says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and come with me to watch what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Angry and impatient, the leopard doesn't bother with stealth. He just goes roaring through the jungle with the finesse of an elephant.

The dog hears the leopard coming. He has decided on his plan. Instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers and pretends he hasn't a clue as to their presence.

Just when they get close enough to hear, the dog growls, "Where is that damn monkey?!? I am so HUNGRY! He takes too long. I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard and he's still not back!!"


Craig Peihopa said...

Its that sort of thinking that truly allows anyone to rise above all odds. We need to embrace more of the same.


Goldenrod said...

I guess we could title that, "It ain't over til it's over!"