By Sunskriti, age 10.
You might wonder why I haven’t chosen Timmy for my first blog post. The reason is simple, while Timmy seems an extremely intelligent dog; Buster is an excited little Scottie who often stumbles upon the right clues just by chance. This seems more natural to me, somehow, than good old Timmy. Of course, I’ll be writing soon about Timmy for the blog. For now though let’s focus on Buster.
Buster seems still like a little puppy. He is overly excitable, and loves his master more than anything. Buster wouldn’t live without Fatty if he was paid to. In The Mystery of the Invisible Thief, we see Buster as a sad little puppy when Fatty is downcast. This shows the bond of emotions between dog and master. Also Buster is shown to frequently dance around snapping at Mr Goon’s ankles and basically annoy him. I think that the reason he does this might be that Buster knows Mr Goon detests Fatty and vice-versa. As well as not liking Goon himself he probably wants to please Fatty by annoying Mr Goon. Mr Goon tries to get Buster into serious trouble by blaming him for killing sheep in The Mystery of Holly Lane. This shows that Mr Goon doesn’t like Buster either, trying to blame him for something he doesn’t do.
The Five Find-Outers Series is a series with suspenseful yet humour filled mysteries that a group of children solve, largely thanks to Fatty, their intelligent and big-headed leader. Most of the time the Five Find-Outers and Dog are not in dangerous situations needing their brawn, but their brains are needed quite a lot to solve the mysteries they stumble upon. Buster rarely barks or growls at the villains, giving the children time to run, but he is quite useful in sniffing out clues! Like turps, yuck! In The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat, little Bets sniffs out the smell of turpentine in the cats’ cage, and Fatty thinks it might be a clue. Indeed, it does turn out to be, but I won’t disclose how! The Find-Outers wouldn’t have been able to crack the case if it wasn’t for old Buster, as he sniffs out the bottle of turps and a few other essential clues too.
I wouldn’t classify Buster as ‘intelligent’ that would be Timmy. In her stories, Enid Blyton sketches this little Scottie’s nature beautifully. At times, we see him as someone who accidentally gives away things, affecting the Find-Outers badly. For example, in The Mystery of the Secret Room, while Larry, Daisy, Bets and Pip are snooping around a house, Mr Goon happens to sail by on his bicycle. The children hide in bushes, hoping he’ll go right past. But Buster, who is on guard outside, gives the game away by barking at the policeman. He then comes to investigate which sets him on the track of a mystery the children themselves are trying to solve. But at times he proves useful finding things with his doggy-sense that the Find-Outers wouldn’t have otherwise found. The children don’t have quite as good noses, though Bets might have come quite close in The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat.
When Buster does something wrong, Enid Blyton makes us feel sad for him, and we yearn to comfort him. Though he isn’t as praised as the popular Timmy, Buster is an important character in the series, and readers feel for him.
Basically, I would sum up Buster as a lovable little Scottie who loves his master and is loyal towards him. He doesn’t have much of an intelligent brain, but he proves useful in mysteries, and is an active member of the group. Lovable and excitable he is happy just where he is, surrounded by people who love him. I can’t imagine this innocent creature any other way!
You can click on any of the images to see them larger. All images are taken from the ‘Cave of Books’ at http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk.