A BONE OF CONTENTION
A fox terrier and a spaniel were fighting over a steak bone. Merciful heavens, they went for each other with teeth, claws, shoves, barks, and kicks. “Get away from my bone!” “This bone belongs to me! ” “Mongrel!” “Flotsam!” “I’ll throttle you with your own tail!” “I’ll throw you to the cats!” “Oaf!” “Fleaface!” “Lickspittle!” “Perpetrator!” It was a fearful spectacle, for both dogs were bleeding out of a dozen wounds.
Considering this opportunity, a young hawk, inexperienced in the sad ways of the wold, came down from a tree in order to pick up the bone for himself.
–by Oscar Mandel