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Short moral stories for kids - the greedy dog story | the dog and the shadow story

Updated on March 15, 2015
The dog and the shadow
The dog and the shadow

Short moral stories for kids - The greedy dog

Short moral stories for kids (like the story of the greedy dog and the shadow) have for a long part been part of a child's education. Telling stories to kids (even moral stories) often makes them happy and is a wonderful way to put forth good values and morals.There is a wide range of short moral stories for kids - from various collections of stories and fables like Aesops fables, Panchatantra tales and so on. Being short stories (kind of mini stories for kids) these do not tax a child's patience and are well suited for the low attention spans of children. They are also useful to convey morals and values like the ill-effects of greed.

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Read below a retelling of one such popular fable from the collection of Aesops fables - the story of the dog and the shadow, also often referred to as the story of the greedy dog.

The greedy dog walks home
The greedy dog walks home

The dog and the shadow - story retold

Doggy Dog was a village dog. He was always hungry. He was also a rather greedy dog. When Doggy's best friend Waggy Dog of the nearby town called him over for a party, Doggy was overjoyed. Doggy had a great time at the party. And what a party it was! Waggy had laid out biscuits, sweet bread, jam buns and some bones. Doggy had a wonderful meal. But at last it was time to go back. But Doggy was reluctant to part with the last bone. "Can I take this back with me?" he asked Waggy. "Sure, be my guest," politely replied Waggy.

And so it was that Doggy trotted back home with a bone in his mouth.

The dog sees its shadow
The dog sees its shadow

The greedy dog see its shadow

It was quite some distance back home. As he walked on he came across a bridge over a stream that he had to cross. Doggy started crossing the bridge. Halfway across Doggy looked into the water in the stream. He saw his shadow in the water. Doggy thought that it was another dog with another bone.

The greedy dog wants more

Now if Doggy had one fault, it was greed. Greedy Doggy had just finished a large meal but still he wanted that other bone also. He opened his mouth to bark at the other dog. Who dared come into what Doggy thought was his territory!

The greedy dog loses its bone

As Doggy opened his mouth to bark at the other dog the bone fell into the stream. And what was more, the other dog's bone also vanished!

Doggy was sad. He had lost his bone because he was greedy.

The greedy dog and the shadow - moral of the story

The story of the dog and the shadow is often used to convey the moral that one should not be greedy. Doggy dog had just had a huge meal. Moreover he had one more bone also with him. Still when he sees what he thought to be another bone his greed makes him want that too! Due to his greed he loses what he had also. Thus an important value or moral is sought to be conveyed by this short moral story for kids.

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    • wwriter profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India

      Thank you.

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      rakeeb rahman 

      3 years ago

      Very good stories


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