Many of you have read our review of pet detective Dixie Hemingway, in the books by Blaize and John Clement. We love reading about the pet sitter in Florida and her descriptions of a world so different from our own. Well, we made a discovery that we think is kind of magic. Maybe you know already but for us this is special….

Did you realise that Siesta Key exists? That it’s a real place? Well, we wondered, as geography is not my strong point. We usually leave stuff like that to pal Seville the Cat – so we looked the place up on Google maps, and, it’s here. (Google Maps). We were thrilled to find it, as thrilled as when we found out Mr John Clement has continued doing a great job continuing his Mom’s series about our favourite pet detective.

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Anyone who knows the Dixie Hemingway books, follows her as she drives up and down Midnight Pass Road, the central thoroughfare of Siesta Key, going about her business, thinking and puzzling over mysteries and crimes. In n our dreams we thought, maybe we could do that too. So we did it! Did what? We fired up Google maps and we hopped into a virtual car and drove the virtual road, exploring the real Siesta Key of our pet detective heroine, exploring its byways, and, you know what? We think this it’s cool to be able to do this!

We may never visit Siesta Key, but we can see the real place, connected with books we love and – well we thought that all of a sudden the world seemed a bit brighter,  a bit more amazing! Have you ever been surprised to find a place in one of your books is real, did you find it as magical as we do?

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  1. Timmy Tomcat

    August 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Dad drove the keys back when and said it was beautiful. You go to the last farthest place south-west in the keys and watch the sunset.
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  2. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    August 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    That’s really neat! The head peep is a big fan of using Google Earth for things like that. As a reader, she visits places she reads about, and as a writer, she uses it to walk streets she can’t go to in person to be sure that they look the way she thinks they do. We read recently that Google Earth has added walkthroughs of some zoos. It’s amazing how much smaller our world is getting, isn’t it?
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  3. Cathy Keisha

    August 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    That is so cool! We never thought of using Google maps for that.
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  4. Edna

    August 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

    How Paw-some is that!
    I never thought to Google Map up a place to do this. I’ll have to try it out for the next time I’m reading a story.
    Those books you mention look very interesting.
    Thanks Dash for sharing this! 🙂

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  5. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    August 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Mom is doing the Google thingy now so’s we can try one out…thanks Dash. And Mom hopes that when she comes to New Zealand she will indeed learn that Middle Earth is real!
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  6. Keisha

    August 30, 2013 at 3:46 am

    O hai. Those books look good!
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