upon a time there was a man and his wife and they had a ring of gold.
It was a lucky ring, and whoever owned it always had enough to live on.
But this they did not know, and hence sold the ring for a small sum.
But no sooner was the ring gone than they began to grow poorer and
poorer, and at last did not know when they would get their next meal.
They had a dog and a cat, and these had to go hungry as well. Then the
two animals took counsel together as to how they might restore to their
owners their former good fortune. At length the dog hit upon an idea.
“They must have the ring back again,” he said to the cat.
The cat answered: “The ring has been carefully  locked up in the chest, where no one can get at it.”
must catch a mouse,” said the dog, “and the mouse must gnaw a hole in
the chest and fetch out the ring. And if she does not want to, say that
you will bite her to death, and you will see that she will do it.”
advice pleased the cat, and she caught a mouse. Then she wanted to go
to the house in which stood the chest, and the dog came after. They
came to a broad river. And since the cat could not swim, the dog took
her on his back and swam across with her. Then the cat carried the
mouse to the house in which the chest stood. The mouse gnawed a hole in
the chest, and fetched out the ring. The cat put the ring in her mouth
and went back to the river, where the dog was waiting for her, and swam
across with her. Then they started out together for home, in order to
bring the lucky ring to their master and mistress. But the dog could
only run along the ground; when there was a house in the way he always
had to go around it. The cat, however, quickly climbed over the roof,
and so she reached home long before the dog, and brought the ring to
her master said to his wife: “What a good creature the cat is! We will
always give her enough to eat and care for her as though she were our
when the dog came home they beat him and scolded him, because he had
not helped to bring home the ring again. And the cat sat by the
fireplace, purred and said 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.