The old dog
There once lived an old dog(狗). When he was young(年轻的), he was a great hunter and his master loved him very much.
Now, though, he was becoming slow(迟缓的) and weak(虚弱的).
One day, the old dog and his master(主人) were walking in the forest(森林).
The dog saw a pig(猪) and chased it. He caught the pig by its ear(耳朵), but his teeth were weak and the pig got away.
“My teeth were much stronger(强壮的) when I was young,” thought the dog. “I hope my master isn’t mad.”
When the master saw the pig run away, he was angry(生气的). “You useless dog!” he shouted. “What will my family(家人) eat tonight?”
The dog was sad. “Master,” he said, “it is not my fault(错误) that I’m old. For many years, I’ve helped you to feed your family. Am I worth nothing to you now?”
The master realized that he was wrong. “You’re right,” he said. “I shouldn’t blame(责备)you for being old. I should praise you for all your years of service(服务).”