Theory:

1. DOGS were once their own masters and lived the way wolves do, in freedom, until a dog was born who was ill pleased with this way of life. He was sick and tired of wandering about by himself looking for food and being frightened of those who were stronger than he.

2. He thought it over and decided that the best thing for him to do was to become the servant of one who was stronger than anyone on earth, and he set out to find such a master.
 
3. He walked and he walked and he met a kinsman of his, a big wolf who was as strong as he was fierce.
     “Where are you going, Dog?” the Wolf asked.
     “I am looking for someone to take up service with. Would you like to be my master, Wolf?”
     “I don’t see why not!” the Wolf said, and this agreed upon, the two of them went on together.

4. They walked and they walked, and all of a sudden the Wolf lifted his nose, sniffed, darted quickly off the path and into the bushes and crept deeper into the forest. The Dog was much surprised.
     “What’s come over you, master?” he asked. “What has frightened you so?”
     “Can’t you see? There’s a Bear out there, and he might eat up both of us — you and me.”
 
5. Seeing that the Bear was stronger than the Wolf, the Dog decided to take up service with him, and he left the Wolf and asked the Bear to be his master. The Bear agreed to this readily and said, “Let us go and find a herd of cows. I’ll kill a cow and then we can both eat our fill.”
Explanation:
 
Once upon a time dogs were their own masters they were not domesticated. They were like their kin the wolves until one day a dog was born who was not satisfied with his life. The dog was tired of wandering for food and getting scared of powerful animals. He thought about it and decided to serve the strongest creature on earth. So, he started looking for a master.
 
He started walking and finds his kin the wolf. The big wolf was muscular and aggressive. The wolf asked the dog where he was going? The dog said  he was looking for somebody he could work for. The dog asked the wolf if he would like to be his master. The wolf agreed immediately, and the two of them started walking together.

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They walked for some time. Suddenly the wolf lifted his nose and started smelling something and immediately ran deeper into the forest. The dog was amazed and asked the wolf, what has happened, and why is he running away. The wolf said that he could smell a bear and asked the dog to run as well, or the bear would eat both of them. Now the dog realized that the bear was stronger than the wolf, so he left the wolf and chose the bear as his master as he wanted to serve the strongest creature on earth.
 
The dog asked the bear to be his master, and the bear agreed immediately. The bear suggests they can find a herd of cows so that he will kill a cow and both of them can eat and fill their stomachs.
 
Meaning of difficult words:
 
Numbers
Word
Meanings
1.
DartedRun somewhere suddenly.
2.
Wandering Travelling aimlessly from place to place.
3.
Kinsman Kin.
4.
SniffedSmelled.
5.
Service Favour.
6.
Agreed Holding the same view on something.
Reference:
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.