6. They walked on and soon saw a herd of cows, but just as they were about to come up to it they were stopped by a terrible noise. The cows were mooing loudly and running in a panic in all directions.

7. The Bear looked out from behind a tree, and then he too ran hastily deeper into the forest.
     “Now, why did I have to come here!” said he to the Dog. “It is the Lion who rules the forest in these parts.”
     “The Lion? Who’s he?”
     “Don’t you know? He is the strongest beast on earth!”
     “Well, then, I’ll say goodbye to you, Bear. I want a master who is stronger than anyone on earth!”
8. And off the Dog went to ask the Lion to be his master. The Lion agreed to it, and the Dog stayed with him and served him for a long, long time. It was a good life, and he had nothing to complain of, for there was no stronger beast in the forest than the Lion, and no one dared touch the Dog or offend him in any way.
9. But one day the two of them were walking side by side along a path that ran amid bare cliffs when all of a sudden the Lion stopped. He gave a great roar and struck the ground angrily with his paw with such force that a hole formed there. Then he began to back away very quietly.
     “What is it, Master, is anything wrong?” asked the Dog, surprised.
     “I smell a man coming this way,” the Lion said. “We’d better run for it or we’ll be in trouble.”
     “Oh, well, then I’ll say goodbye to you, Lion. I want a master who is stronger than anyone on earth!”
10. And off the Dog went to join the man and he stayed with him and served him faithfully. This happened long, long ago, but to this day the dog is man’s most loyal servant and knows no other master.
As the dog and the bear walked on towards the forest, they saw a herd of cows. But when they were near the herd of cows, they heard a loud noise. The cows were frightened and were running hither and thither. The bear saw the commotion from behind the tree and ran deeper into the forest. The bear said to the dog that he should have gone to some other place instead of coming here for the food. The lion is responsible for that place. The dog couldn't understand and asked who the lion was. The bear said that the lion is the strongest creature on earth. The dog again changed his master as he wanted to serve only the strongest animal on earth and left the bear.

The dog went to the lion and requested him to be his master. The lion agreed, and they both were together for a long time. The dog was enjoying with the lion as no one messed with him, and he had no worries at all till he stayed with the lion.


But one day, both of them were walking side by side on a way which was between bare cliffs. Suddenly the lion stopped got enraged and gave a big roar. He struck the ground with his paw with such a force that a hole was formed there. Then quietly, he started walking back. The dog was surprised at this gesture of the lion and asked him what the problem was? The lion said that he can smell a man around there and that they should run, or they will be in some trouble.

The dog understood that and said goodbye to the lion, as he wanted to serve the strongest creature on earth.
The dog joined the man and continued with him. He served him with complete loyalty. This happened long, long ago, and till date, the dog is with the man with the utmost honesty and doesn't know any other master.
Meaning of difficult words:
Mooing Vocal sound of cow.
Offend Displease.
Loyal True.
FaithfullyIn a manner that is true.
Hastily Swiftly.
Panic Fear.
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Honeysuckle. How the Dog Found Himself a New Master!  (pp. 17-21). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.