On January 5th 2017, Julie referred to 'The Dog who would go Digging' and queried as to why its untoward actions ceased when the story ended: "I'd have loved to know how the family stopped the dog from digging ......"
On Jan. 6th, Moonraker informed her the dog had been shot.
I don't think it was eliminated because there seems no record of a shooting. Moonraker is pretty well versed in the Enid Blyton tales so what he states can't be taken with a grain of salt, but from where was the unfortunate information retrieved? Who knows? He may have had access to secret sources, or perhaps be quoting from a new book entitled 'Enid Blyton the Untold Story.' Not having read this, or even seen it around, the concept put forward is a sad one and the effect it might have on younger Blyton readers could be detrimental. If the explanation is legitimate, one has to figure out how EB would manage to weave such a premise into the storyline. I can't believe it would hold up.
Possibly the children discovered the dog 'asleep' when they came home from school. Funny that, because he usually greeted them exuberantly.
"Pete won't wake up when I prod him," John said.
"Don't worry about it," Daddy replied. "He was up late last night. I'm sure you wouldn't want to be disturbed after a couple of hour's kip."
"Of course not, Daddy."
"Do me a favour, kids? I've got to go and clean my rifle so could you possibly drag him over to that hole I've dug in the garden? He's always burying his bones there and I thought it'd be pleasant to assist him a little. Be a nice surprise for him when he wakes up."
John was deeply touched.
"Daddy, what a wonderful thing to do for Pete."
His father looked embarrassed.
"Well, I like doing things for you all, don't I? Even for the dog."
John and Mary were happy to oblige their father and between them they managed to drag Pete from the porch into their garden. It took about fifteen minutes because he was quite heavy and, as they didn't want to disturb him, he was pulled along very carefully. They were quite surprised that he didn't wake up, even when Mary stepped on one of his paws."
"Dead to the world," John remarked.
"Why is the hole so big?" asked his sister.
John looked at her critically.
"He'll have more than one bone to bury silly. He might have ten or twenty or even more, and now he'll be able to put them all in the one place."
"Yep, and I can fill the hole in for him," said Daddy, reappearing suddenly. "I'll even plant a little flower on top. How's that?"
Mary hugged him.
"You're the nicest Daddy in the world."
Her parent, becoming embarrassed again, turned and made his way back to the house.
From here on the continuing substance becomes a little tricky for future readers of later editions once the 'script modifiers' get into action. If the above scenario didn't take place, then all kinds of complications might ensue over Pete's sudden disappearance with Daddy suggesting he's run away, had an accident, is at the vet's, and so on.
As Enid Blyton does not actually tell us why the dog stopped his aberrant behaviour an explanation has to be surmised and it lies in the author's penchant for rounding things off so that everyone's happy. Such a situation needs to be addressed otherwise children might dwell on the subject after mother finishes reading the story at bedtime; drifting off to sleep and wondering about the situation, as we all do. Did Pete continue digging up the garden and, if so, Daddy would still be unhappy and the dog might end up being sent away after all.
No, we can't have that - hence the firm statement that Pete ceased his naughtiness. Like humans, animals can supposedly stop annoying behaviour all of a sudden, which means the tale ends in 'hunky dory' fashion with nothing left up in the air.