Some hungry dogs were roaming the countryside looking everywhere for something to eat.
One of the dogs saw an animal hide floating in the river, and he barked to his fellows, summoning them to come help.
"We're going to have to drink it!" said one of the dogs.
"Drink what?" asked another.
"We've got to drink the whole river!"
And so the dogs began drinking, lapping the water, gulping and guzzling in hopes of draining the river so that they could retrieve the hide.
Finally the dogs drank so much that they burst, and they never did get the hide.
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 420.
Notes: This is Perry 135.
Here is an illustration by Harrison Weir:
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