Aesop's Fables

by Aesop

“The Traveler and His Dog”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1867
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: Greece
  • Source: Aesop (1867) Aesop's Fables
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 4.1
  • Word Count: 72
  • Genre: Fable
  • Keywords: traditional stories
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A TRAVELER about to set out on a journey saw his Dog stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply: “Why do you stand there gaping? Everything is ready but you, so come with me instantly.” The Dog, wagging his tail, replied: “O, master! I am quite ready; it is you for whom I am waiting.”

The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.