In the largest castle of occupied residence, Windsor Castle, located 20 miles west of London lives King Great, Queen Awesome, and their royal family. Accompanying the family is dozens of dogs. They have guard dogs, palace dogs, and even the visiting outside city dogs. Every day the king drives through the city on his chariot pulled by two white, gorgeous horses switched daily between the six they owned. After a long day, the trainers take the horses to the stable for a good night’s rest. The chariot is left by the stable with the harnesses and tack atop, and not touched until the next day.
On this quiet night with stars shining bright in the night sky, the palace dogs were feeling mischievous after the king had gone to bed and the horses were back in their stables.
“Let’s have some fun tonight. The king and queen will never know,” the chief palace dog said to the rest of the palace dogs, assuring for no trouble because everyone was asleep. Immediately, the dogs took the leather harnesses and used them as dog toys. They bit, growled, swung, and passed the harnesses from dog to dog not realizing the damage they were creating.
“Everybody STOP!” yelled the chief dog as he began to notice total destruction.
“We must fix this disaster. We will be forced outside the palace if the king finds his harnesses all destroyed,” he continued, with tears in his eyes.
The dogs ran around the palace looking for new harnesses, leather repair machines, anything. With no luck on their side, the dogs shrugged accepting their fate.
“Chief, look what I found for y’all!” yelled one of the visiting city dogs.
He reached out his paw with brand new harnesses and tack.
“We found these at the palace 15 miles from here when we heard of the disaster. The king and queen there were very friendly and gladly gave their harnesses and tack to me,” he continued.
The chief’s eyes lit up. He was thrilled. How could an outside city dog be friendly enough to save the lives of all palace dogs living at Windsor Castle.
“Thank you so much, I will repay you,” spoke the chief dog.
The next day the king awoke and walked to his chariot prepared by the trainer, awaiting him.
“Wow, the tack looks wonderful. Thank you so much for blessing me with new tack,” the king said to the trainer.
The chief dog sighed in relief, but knew he had to tell the king all about what happened and how the city dog saved the day. He ran to the chariot and jumped on with the king as they both strolled through the city. The chief had time to tell the king all about the betrayal the palace dogs had done, and with that the king bowed in forgiveness. He then ordered for that very special city dog to come to his palace. For he would forever live as a palace dog after the great efforts he made. Furthermore, the king ordered rich food for ALL of the surrounding city dogs and they all lived happily ever after.
I wanted to set the background as an actual palace, so I searched the largest palace, and found the Windsor Castle. It was the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II, but in my story it’s the residence of Queen Awesome and her family. The story I got my idea from was The Guilty Dogs in Twenty Jataka Tales. The story sets in an unnamed city where the king rides his chariot with six horses through daily. The palace dogs decide to have some fun and end up destroying all of the harnesses and tack. The next day when the king found out, he ordered that all of the city dogs must be killed assuming it was city dogs who broke in to destroy his supplies. The city was broken hearted, because several hundred dogs were ordered a death sentence. The chief dog knew there was no way for city dogs to enter the village, and though he wasn’t a part of it in the original, he knew the palace dogs did this. He fought for lives of all city dogs by bringing all royal dogs to the king and giving them kusa grass and buttermilk. Sure enough, leather shreds were coming from the royal dog’s mouths. The king then ordered rich food be given to ALL of the city dogs and everyone lived happily ever after. I really enjoyed the original, but I changed the plot of the story, as I wanted the city dogs to save the palace dogs.
Image One: Windsor Castle accessed from Wikipedia.
Image Two: Horse and Carriage located from Pixabay.
Twenty Jataka Tales by Noor Inayat (Khan).