WHY DOGS GROWL
So the Lord put him to sleep, made them all helpmeet.
Well, Adam didn't have no helpmeet, so he put him to sleep, and cut out of his ribs.
Cat and dog was standing around there growling.
So he laid the rib down to close up the room. Dog grabbed her rib and lit out with her.
So the Lord couldn't catch him, he cut the dog's tail off, and they been growling ever since.
Story Title: God Punishes the Dog
Storyteller: James Douglas Suggs
Book Title: Negro Tales from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Calvin, Michigan
Author: Dorson, Richard M.
Rights: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Online Source: Hathi Trust
Process: Light editing for paragraphing and punctuation.
Story Notes from Author (Dorson): A variant from Tommy Carter is in NFIM 162, "God Names the Dog," Motifs A2234, "Animal characteristics: punishment for disobedience," and A2494.1.2, "Enmity between cat and dog," apply here.