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How the Dog Became a Domestic Animal
by Esther Lamnyam   

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Takwe the Fox is known for his tricks. This time it is the ever gullible Ngwe the Dog that Takwe uses to escape death. Find out how in this thrilling fable for both adults and kids.

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In the animal kingdom, a new king - the Lion has been crowned. Laws have been made; a violation of which may lead to death. Takwe the Fox does not like playing by the rules.

Find out what paramount law he violates and who he sets up to pay for it.

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HOW THE DOG BECAME A DOMESTIC ANIMAL

Once upon a time, all the animals gathered to select a king to rule over them. They all gathered in a plain near a huge river. They gathered by the river so that the animals that lived in the water could be present for this very important meeting. Since water animals could not go on land, the land animals came by the river.
At this meeting, they decided to crown a king. By unanimous vote lead by Nga’ah the tiger, Mburuk, the lion was chosen to be king. So they built for him a large palace and he got married to many lionesses. The entire lioness family lived in the big palace and had many cubs that played together.
Mburuk, the lion was thus the crowned king of the animals. He governed fairly; was strong and was feared and respected by all.
A law had been passed over the whole kingdom that no other animal should ever play with any of the Mburuk 's wives or children as they were royalty. The consequence of breaking that law was public humiliation, torture and subsequent death. This was a very strong law in the land and no animal could dare, else he would be punished in public.
One beautiful afternoon, with the sun shining brightly and the leaves whispering to each other, Takwe, the fox took a walk. He watched the beautiful, colorful butterflies fly, the birds gracefully navigating the winds, and the sweet smell of the wild flowers and felt real good. It was that time of the year; it was spring time. Everything came to life, and so did he. He was in very good spirits as he came upon the most beautiful of the lion’s wives.
Takwe had been very interested in playing with this lioness and her cubs for a long time. Unbeknownst to the other animals, he always followed her around, helping her in every thing she did. He had asked her to play with him but she had refused knowing Takwe had a reputation for being a trickster.
“Oh, pretty lioness, let me watch your beautiful cubs so they don’t fall down a cliff” he offered. “I’ll also get food for them so you don’t have to work so had and be tired.”
After Takwe was so nice to her, he coaxed her and convinced her to play with him and the lioness succumbed. They chased each other in the fields, tumbling and laughing together all day long. Unfortunately, for Takwe he was seen playing with the lion’s wife by Nkarh, the monkey who was the village gossip. Nkarh took the story to his troop. They laughed and made jokes that ridiculed not only Takwe but the King also.
“Look at little Takwe playing with the lioness. He must think he is royalty; hehehe.” The monkeys said and laughed.
Takwe had broken the law. News of this crime spread all over the animal kingdom like wild fire. Everyone received it with shock and could not believe Takwe had had the nerve to even be in the presence of the king’s wife. They wondered,
“How could Takwe be so daring knowing he will be killed if caught?”
“Finally,” they said, “Takwe has played his last trick and would not trick anybody any more for he has kissed his own life goodbye.”
So a meeting of the animal representatives was convened. At this meeting, this act was deployed and punishment was pronounced. For his punishment, Takwe the Fox had to be killed in public. A day was set for all the animals to gather at the meeting place by the river so Takwe would be punished. This meeting day was announced to the whole animal kingdom.

When this day arrived, Takwe stood at the door of his fox hole watching all animals passing by on their way to the meeting place. Soon he saw Ngwei, the dog passing by.
“Hey you Ngwei,” he called out, “where are you hurrying to?"




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