What a funny tale from Queensland in 1897.
Late one night a small boy was seen stealing apples from a tree in Queensland.
Instead of confronting the young thief the owner of the tree quietly placed a large stuffed dog on the ground at the foot of the tree and retired to a safe distance to observe proceedings.
When the boy started to climb down he noticed the dog waiting for him and began employing all the tricks a young sneak uses to get by a guard dog.
Strangely, not one of them worked on that most determined of sentries and the boy settled down for an uncomfortable night in the tree.
When morning dawned the owner strolled down to the tree and asked the boy how he managed to get himself into such a predicament. The boy answered that he had climbed the tree to escape the dog who had chased him up there….