Once upon a time there was a man, a woman, a dog, and a cat. The four all lived together in a house and were very happy.
One day the man went out to the city leaving the dog and the cat in charge of the house. The dog did not always like staying home with the cat. But after a lot of time and patience the man and woman were able to convince the dog it was safe by giving her a secure place to hide. On this day the man decided the dog was grown up enough to not need this secure place. He left the house without closing the door to the dog’s hideaway.
The man had a good time in the city and didn’t think about the dog again until it was time to go home. When the man returned to the house this is what he saw:
The man was very confused as the bread bag had not been on the floor when he left. It had been in the kitchen cupboard with a full loaf of bread inside. When he went into the kitchen to investigate this is what he saw:
The doors to the cupboard where the bread is stored were open. The man was even more confused. These doors had been closed when he left the house.
The man went back to the living room and called the dog. Maybe she would know how the bread bag ended up on the floor and where the bread inside had gone.
The dog came when she was called but could not answer the man’s questions. The dog was a dog and not able to speak. She looked up at the man and appeared as confused as he felt.
The man then called to the cat who had also been in the house when he left. When the cat came he also appeared confused.
The man thought and stared at the empty bread bag.
When the woman came home from where she had been the man was still puzzling. He quickly explained the mystery of the missing bread and open cupboard to the woman.
The woman was not at all confused.
“The cat!” she exclaimed. “The cat opened the cupboard door. His paws are much more agile than the dog’s. He must have opened the cupboard and then tricked the dog into eating the bread.”
“I disagree,” said the man. “The dog could have opened the cupboard with her nose and then gobbled up the bread on her own. The cat is innocent. The dog is the one to blame.”
The man and the woman argued over this for a while, each one refusing to budge. They argued until the sky became dark and they grew tired. Before they went to bed they agreed it was a mystery that would never be solved.
The dog and the cat stood back and watched. They knew who had opened the cupboard door. But they could not speak.