This is another interesting story / tale from the Hitopadesha Collection. Once upon a time, there lived a Washerman in a village. He had kept a donkey and a dog to serve as his pets. The Dog used to guard his masters house and escort him wherever he went. The Donkey used to carry stack of clothes on his back to and fro the river. Both of them slept in the washermans courtyard. Like this, they were leading their life under the kind shelter of the Washerman.
On one unfortunate night, when everyone was sleeping, a thief managed
to get into the house. Even after seeing the thief, the Dog didnt
bark. When the Donkey saw the thief entering the house, he asked the
Dog, Dear Friend, Didnt you see that a thief had entered the
house? Why dont you bark to awake our master?
The Dog answered, Mind your own business. Don't talk to me about
my duties; I know how to guard my master. I have been guarding this
house for long, but master doesnt care for me. From the past few
days, he doesnt even feed me properly. He doesnt know my
worth. I wont wake him up. When this thief will steal valuables
from his house then only he will recognize my importance.
The Donkey irritatingly said, You fool! This is not the time to
complain. This is the time for action. Be fast and do something to wake
up the master. The Dog replied angrily, No. As he doesnt
care for me even I wont care for him. The Donkey shouted, O
wicked creature, you are full of ingratitude towards your master. You
are ignoring your duty just when you're required most. Fine, I will do
your duty and wake him up.
Hence, the Donkey brayed at the top of his voice which made the
washerman to wake up. The thief quickly ran away from the scene. The
Washerman looked around but could find anyone. He got furious at the
Donkey who had disturbed his sleep. The Washerman thrashed the poor
Donkey with a stick. The Donkey was left with pain for months.
Moral: It is always better to mind your own business.
The Washermans / Dhobis Donkey and the Dog is an interesting story / tale from the collection of Hitopadesha Tales.