The Story of the King Who Owned Wild Dogs

A lesson in compassion and forgiveness

Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu


Wild Dog, image courtesy of National Geographic.

I was touched by this one story that features a notable king who had wild dogs and how this story helps us to understand the need to overlook errors and transgression:

The story goes this way:

There was this king that had 10 wild dogs… He used them (the dogs) to torture and eat all ministers who made mistakes.

So one of the minister’s once gave an opinion which was wrong, and which the king didn’t like at all. So he ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs.

So the minister said:

“I served you 10 years and you do this? Please give me 10 days before you throw me in with those dogs!”

So the king agreed…

In those 10 days the minister went to the guard that was guarding the dogs and told him he wants to serve the dogs for the next 10 days, The guard was baffled.

But he agreed.

So the minister started feeding the dogs, cleaning for them, washing them, providing all sorts of comfort for them. So when the 10 days were up, the king ordered that the minister be thrown in to the dogs for his punishment.

But when he was thrown in, everyone was amazed at what they saw. They saw the dogs licking the feet of the minister! So the king baffled at what he saw…. so he asked:

“What happened to the dogs?!”

The minister then said;

I served the dogs for 10 days and they didn’t forget my service…Yet I served you for 10 years and you forgot all at the first mistake!”

So the king realized his mistake and ordered the minister to go free.

What Lesson Do We Learn?

This is a lesson to all those who forget the good in others as soon as a problem arises. Don’t wipe out the history that is filled with good because of a small incident you didn’t like.

It is important to practice ‘TRAC’. It denotes:

T — Think

R — Reflect

A — Act

C — Change

Let’s be all properly guided.



Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu

Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu is an Author, Blogger, Researcher, Content Curator, Tech Entrepreneur, and Educationist with vast experience in Technology Applications.