'The Dog in a Manger', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 133.
The Dog in a Manger
A DOG lay in a manger, and by his growling and snapping prevented the oxen from eating the hay which had been placed for them. “What a selfish Dog!” said one of them to his companions; “he cannot eat the hay himself, and yet refuses to allow those to eat who can.”
Moral: Even if they have the means to give, the envious and spiteful will refuse anybody anything rather than allow people their just deserts.
Text: George Fyler Townsend (p25, 1868).
Selected Parallels: Lucian Adv. Indoctum c.30. Caxton , Extravagantes 11. L’Estrange 76. Perry cf 702. TMI W156