~ 155. The Man's Loyal Dog ~

A man had a very loyal dog.
One day when he returned home, he found the dog's mouth all covered with blood and the cradle overturned, while his baby boy was nowhere to be seen.
"What have you done?!" he shouted as he drew his sword and slew the dog.
But then as he picked up the fallen cradle, he found the baby safe beneath, along with the corpse of a deadly snake whom the dog had killed.
"What have I done?!" he groaned, lamenting how cruelly he had rewarded the dog who had saved the life of his son.

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 464.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here. You can find many versions of the story here: Llewellyn and His Dog Gellert.

Here is an illustration by Griset:

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