When a deal’s not a deal

A fellow sent this in the other day and I can’t resist sharing it. Maybe it’s political commentary in disguise. There must be some players on the world scene today this little story will remind us of.

The Dog and the Leopard

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day the dog was chasing butterflies and before long he discovers he is lost. So, wandering about he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intent of having lunch.

The dog thinks, “Man, I’m in deep doo doo now.”

Then he notices some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the leopard is about to leap the dog exclaims loudly, “Man, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here!” Hearing this the leopard halts his attack in mid stride and, as a look of terror comes over him, slinks away into the trees.

“Whew,” said the leopard. “That was close. That dog nearly had me.”

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard.

So off he goes. But the dog saw him heading after the leopard with great speed and figured something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.”

Now the dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?”

But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers pretending he hasn’t seen them yet.

Just when they get close enough to hear, the dog says …

“Where’s that monkey. I just can never trust him. I sent him off a half hour ago to bring me another leopard and he’s still not back!!”

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