The Digging-est Dog
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A dog sits in a pet store, unpurchased, for a considerable period of time. One afternoon (precisely at 4:30 PM) a young man, Sammy Brown, sees the dog, purchases him, renames him "Duke", and takes him to his farmhouse outside of town.
The next day Sammy introduces Duke to some neighborhood dogs. The dogs begin to dig, but Duke's long tenure on the pet shop's stone floor has eroded his skills. Disgusted that he is unable to dig, the other dogs leave. Sammy attempts to teach Duke to dig, but is unsuccessful. All night, Duke worries about his inability to dig and how he is unable to make Sammy happy.
The following day, Duke makes one final attempt to dig, and is successful. However, he is now compelled to dig anything. In his compulsion, he digs up the entire town, including a garden, a barbershop and its customer, and a highway. He is stopped at the top of a hill by a now-irate Sammy, who has decided to return Duke to the pet store. Surrounded by Sammy and the neighborhood dogs, Duke escapes by digging straight down, only to end up digging a well and face drowning. Realizing that his anger frightened Duke, Sammy gets the reluctant neighborhood dogs to form a "dog chain" to pull Duke out of the well.
- Perkins, A (1967). The Digging-est Dog. Random House.