189. The Dog and the Lizard

Dog and Lizard were friends.
One day Lizard said, “You must enjoy eating meat when you hunt.”
“The men take the meat,” Dog sighed. “We dogs don’t get anything.”
“But you work hard!” Lizard exclaimed.
“Just watch,” Dog said, and Lizard waited in the tree, watching.
The hunters sent the dogs after the game, and the dogs chased the game down. Then, when Dog took a small piece of meat, a hunter clubbed him on the head.
“Ow! Ow!” he yelped, looking up at Lizard in the tree, and Lizard nodded sadly at his friend: Dog had spoken the truth.

[an Ambundu story from Angola]

Inspired by: "Dog and Lizard" in Folktales of Angola by Heli Chatelain, 1894.
Notes: You can read the original story online, and the Kimbundu text is also available.

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