Actual dialogue on BBC Radio four news programme this morning:
[BBC interviewer] "What do you think of our response to Putin so far?"
[Foreign interviewee] "Don't hit a dog with a small stick. It just makes the dog mad."
[Interviewer] "But don't you think there is scope for 'carrot and stick'?"
[Interviewee] "Dogs do not like carrots. They eat meat."]