But when the dog came home they beat him and scolded him, because he had nothelped to bring home the ring again. And the cat sat by the fireplace and purred andsaid never a word. Then the dog grew angry at the cat, because she had robbed him of his reward, and when he saw her he chased her and tried to seize her.And ever since that day, dog and cat are enemies.
From "The Chinese Fairy Book"
BABA, QUEEN OF SHEBABaba lives in a great house in England. Her mistress is a dear old lady who lovesChow dogs, and owns many of them. Sometimes her friends say, "Chow-Chows are notbeautiful. See those puppies! They are like little cinnamon bears!" She laughs at them,and says, "You wouldn't find another puppy of that cinnamon color in many thousandmiles, nor any such a beautiful blue as my Baba, Queen of Sheba!" Then she tells them the story of Baba, who lies proudly and very quietly at her feet bythe fire."In China, the monks of Manchuria are very fond of Chow dogs. They prize the blueChow above all others. Probably the monks don't eat them (Chow-chow just means'food,' you know) like other Chinamen, but prize them for some religious reason. Atany rate, when puppies come that are not 'true blue,' they are put outside the great walls. People watch for these puppies and sell them for large sums. If they grow up,sometimes their puppies will be 'true blue,' although their parents were not."I had written to a Mandarin in China, asking him to get me a blue Chow, but I had noanswer. Then one day an Englishman brought me Baba, who had been found outsidethe walls of a monastery in Manchuria. She has lived with me three years and all herpuppies have been blue."Baba rose and yawned very politely, and moved about the room on her delicate cat-like feet. She stood looking up at the sleeping parrot, and moved one ear withoutmoving the other. Few dogs can do this. The Chows are born lovers of the chase. Baba was a great hunter, to the sorrow of hermistress. She would slip out at night, and run away to the woods, to hunt birds,squirrels, rats, and other wood creatures. Each time she was discovered she was