The date on this story – July 2005- indicates that this is a very early story. In fact, the photograph of the girls accompanying the story is about right.
This is real juvenilia. At 5000 words it is short but it still appears in chapters and the girls loved the sense of accumulating the clues and solving the mystery. Lost dogs figured prominently in stories in those days and both the girls have been very sentimental about dogs ever since. They were living in a house in Wandoo Court, Noosa, and their garden was as it is described here.
Dudley Dursley was already the villain of choice. A bully who did mean thing to little dogs was near the apex of villainy in their imaginations. There are probably too many family references here to make this a very popular story but it’s still a good read for little ones.