THE DOG AND THE WOLF

“In the 1920’s, the Ross Island Meat packing Company of North Dakota paid a little publicized bounty of eight dollars on German Shepards, a popular breed of dog in the Northern Plains at the time… and often responsible for killing cattle… the slaughter of which was invariably blamed on wolves.”
(Barry Lopez – Of Wolves and Men)

Discouraged after an unsuccessful day of hunting,  a hungry Wolf came on a well-fed Mastiff.  He could see that the Dog was having a better time of it than he was  and he inquired what the Dog had to do to stay so well fed.  “Very little, ” said the Dog. “Just drive away beggars,  guard the house, show fondness to the master,  be submissive to the rest of the family  and you are well fed and warmly lodged.”

The Wolf thought this over carefully. He risked his own life almost daily, had to stay out in the worst of weather, and was never assured of his meals. He thought he would try another way of living. As they were going along together the Wolf saw a place  around the Dog’s neck where the hair had worn thin.
He asked what this was and the Dog said it was nothing,
“just the place where my collar and chain rub.”

The Wolf stopped short.
“Chain?” he asked.
“You mean you are not free to go where you choose?”
“No”, said the Dog, “but what does that mean?”
“Much,” answered the Wolf as he trotted off.

“Much.”pixy