The Dog and his Shadow / El Perro y su Sombra

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Samuel Croxall’s (1690–1752 AD) retelling of an Aesop’s (620–540 BCE) fable.

A DOG, CROSSING A LITTLE rivulet, with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow represented in the clear mirror of the limpid stream; and believing it to be another Dog, who was carrying another piece of flesh, he could not forbear catching at it; but was so far from getting any thing by his greedy design, that he dropt the piece he had in his mouth, which immediately sunk to the bottom; and was irrecoverably lost.

MORAL [abridged version]:
He that catches at more than belongs to him, justly deserves to lose what he has. 


Recuento de Samuel Croxall (1690-1752 d.C.) de una fábula de Esopo (620-540 a.C.).

UN PERRO, CRUZANDO UN PEQUEÑO riachuelo, con un trozo de carne en la boca, vio su propia sombra representada en el claro espejo del límpido arroyo; y creyendo que era otro Perro, que llevaba otro trozo de carne, no pudo evitar atraparlo; pero estuvo tan lejos de conseguir algo por su codicioso designio, que dejó caer el trozo que tenía en la boca, que inmediatamente se hundió hasta el fondo; y se perdió irremediablemente.

MORAL [versión abreviada]:
El que atrapa más de lo que le pertenece, con justicia merece perder lo que tiene.

• Dudo and his shadow.
• Dudo y su sombra.

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30 thoughts on “The Dog and his Shadow / El Perro y su Sombra”

    1. Ron:
      That last dog pic was my favorite, too. Full dog in shadow… bent ear, perfect tail.

    1. Debra:
      That’s my favorite dog one, too. Dudo was a challenge. Every time I caught him in a good position, he’d catch me looking and come over and butt his head against my leg — which of course meant I had to stop and pet him (because, as you know, he’s in charge).

    1. anne marie:
      Be careful what you wish for. I have so many Dudo pix. But I’m really enjoying the shadow pix. I now have so many (despite all those overcast, shadowless days) that I’m sorting them into themes.

  1. Great dog shadows. Dudo, of course, is in a class by himself. Does he ever react to his shadow?

    1. Mary:
      Dudo played with his shadow when he was young. Now, his shadow seems to make perfect sense to him. But if I make shadow animals on the wall, he still gets curious.

  2. The shadow dogs are great — some even look like they have riders, LOL! And Dudo certainly knows how to strut his stuff. He appears to have even lost his shadow, Moose!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I was sure I had one shadow dog pic that looked exactly like a satyr. I don’t know what I did with it! Dudo and I were in the hall. Moose usually comes out briefly but it doesn’t interest him (usually) as much as it does Dudo. He had already gone back in the house that day.

    1. larrymuffin:
      It’s incredible to consider how long Aesop’s Fables have been around, have been rewritten, and have remained pertinent.

  3. I used to hold my cat up to the bathroom mirror, and he either just looked at it blankly, or turned his head away. I don’t know what he thought it was, but I’m sure he knew it wasn’t another cat. I imagine he would have been similarly disinterested in his shadow.

    1. Kirk:
      Our cats go nuts when we pick them up, so I’ve never tried that. But we have a few mirrors that are long enought that they can see themselves. They seem to understand the concept and, except to stop and fix their hair and whiskers, they give their reflections no notice. Dudo DOES like seeing photos of himself on my computer screen.

  4. Great shots and love the canine theme! Shadows make photography so much more interesting. I feel a lot more inspired on sunny days than cloudy ones.

    1. Steve:
      I’ve got so many shadow photos that I separated them by theme. I’m with you when it comes to inspiration; so is SG. That’s why we live here. 320 (I thank) days of sunshine every year.

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