A farmer having been shut up in his farmhouse during a severe winter by the snow, was sharply pressed for food. Since, he was unable to get out to procure it, he began to kill off his sheep. As the hard winter continued and he had eaten the last morsel he butchered his goats. And at last — for there was no break — he killed the plow-oxen. Upon seeing this the dogs said, "We should be off! Since the farmer has not spared the working oxen why would he spare us?"
When our neighbor's house is on fire it is time to look at our own.