"Oh! There is a terrible witch in that house who spewed her poison over me and scratched me with her long fingernails."
- "The Bremen Town Musicians," Grimm Fairy Tales
In the story, an elderly donkey begins to suspect his owner plans on doing away with him, so he leaves home on a journey for the town of Bremen. He plans on being a musician there, as donkeys often do. On the way, he meets several elderly animals that share his concern. He convinces a dog, a cat and a rooster to journey with him to the town of Bremen and to pursue their musical careers. After some time, they grow tired and decide to seek shelter in a forest. In the forest, they come across a small shack inhabited by robbers. The group of animals decides to give the robbers a taste of their musical abilities, and they crash through the window heeing, hawing, barking, hissing and crowing. The robbers run away in fear. The animals make themselves at home and quickly fall fast asleep. When the robbers finally decide to return to the shack, they startle the sleeping animals and are attacked. When the robbers run away for a second time, they swear they have encountered a witch and vow to never return. The animals claim the house for their own and live out the rest of their lives in peace.