New symbol of optimism: a tortoise chasing a puppy. The weird thing is, sometimes the turtle does catch the dog. That’s when the dog gets nipped. I’m afraid that’s what the tortoise meant to do all along.
My box turtles used to torment our family dog, Rags, by strolling up and eating his dog food, and totally ignoring his loud and energetic protests. They were box turtles: absolutely nothing a dog can do to a box turtle, once the box is shut. The turtles knew that. So did the dog.