Laocai was a butcher who had killed countless animals. One day, his neighbor, Laowang, brought him a black dog. Laowang said he found the dog in the mountain and wanted Laocai to kill it. The dog had black hair all over, with only a handful of white hair between its eyebrows, which resembled a third eye.
Laocai put the dog into a cage and went about his work. In the afternoon, he was ready to take care of the dog. When he took the dog out, he noticed that it was rather peaceful and calm. Most of animals would struggle and howl. When Laocai’s wife, Sue, came out and looked at the dog, she noticed that it’s belly was slightly swollen, so she touched it and said:
“She is pregnant with puppies, let her go.”
Laocai took the dog back to the mountain and said:
“Just go and don’t get caught again.”
In the evening, when Laowang came by to pick up his dog, Laocai had to apologize, and offered him a bottle of good wine to make up for the loss.
The next year during the spring festival, an old Taoist stopped by Laocai’s home for some water. The old Taoist said:
“By looking at your face, you are childless, right?” Laocai nodded slowly. The old Taoist replied: “Your body is loaded with evil qi. When you get older, misfortune will happen.”
Upon hearing this, Laocai knelt down and begged for guidance. The Taoist said:
“You have taken too many lives to accumulate a large amount of evil qi, so stop killing, burn incense, and bathe yourself for 90 days to cleanse the evil qi. After that, perform good deeds. ”
After the Taoist left, Laocai stopped being a butcher, and he and his wife became vegetarian, burned incense and prayed every day, and dedicated their lives to helping others. In the fall, Sue became pregnant.
When spring came again, Sue was about to have her baby. Laocai arranged for a midwife and prepared everything for the new member of the family. The day Sue was ready to give birth, the midwife took her to the bedroom for the delivery. After a while, the midwife came out in panic and informed Laocai that his wife was experiencing life threatening dystocia.
Laocai felt so dizzy that he sat on a stone motionless until he heard some barking. After that, he heard the crying of a baby. The midwife then came out to congratulate him, saying that he had a baby boy, and both mother and child were doing fine.
Sue later told Laocai that during childbirth, she fainted and found herself in a heavy fog surrounded by numerous animals. She was about to be killed by a bull, when a black dog with a third eye appeared and chased all the animals away. The dog led her out of the heavy fog and then turned into a Taoist and vanished. Sue regained consciousness after the vision and gave birth to their son.
Laocai and Sue understood how lucky they were, and were determined to perform more good deeds, so they became the well-known philanthropists in their village. Their son grew up, married, and had four sons of his own. Laocai lived a long life, did not suffer any illnesses, and died of old age surrounded by his loving family.
Translated by Yi Ming