When Parker Ames, Dixie Ames and Lucy McMan-West put their collective canine minds together, there is nothing that this trio can’t accomplish. Best known for their considerable ball handling skills and ability to cajole treats from their human companions (even after evidence of their creative gardening projects have been discovered), these canines now add the job of author to their already impressive resumes.
Digging for Home is a lighthearted guide to the world of women’s softball as seen through the eyes of these three delightful dogs. Having grown tired of simply watching games from their perch on the couch, Parker, Dixie, and Lucy thought it was high time that they shared their perspective of their beloved sport. While tempted to replant several azaleas they dug up looking for bones, tennis balls, and a collection of wine corks, they pushed those thoughts aside, hacked into their moms’ computers, and began typing. The result of their efforts is a charming, witty and funny romp, jam-packed with photos of the home team and pinch hitters. Together they provide readers with the real rules of the game and clear explanations of terminology designed to make both canines and humans alike more knowledgeable about women’s softball.
Wonderful on its own, Digging for Home is made even better by the inclusion of the first chapter of Lynn Ames’s book in progress, Bright Lights of Summer. Set in the late 1930’s and 1940’s, readers are introduced to Theodora “Dizzy” Hosler and her quest to join the World Champion P.B.S.W. Ramblers softball team. The story is told via a series of conversations between Dizzy and interviewer Julie Newsome. Immediately engaging, readers will quickly become enamored with Dizzy, softball, and this tumultuous period in history. The inclusion of photographs taken during the period of well-known players such as Dot Wilkinson, Snookie Doyle, Kay Rohrer, and Estelle “Ricki” Caito are a wonderful addition and further encourage the reader to become immersed in both the story and the time period.
Digging for Home gets four very enthusiastic paws up. Grab a snack and read it to the canines and humans you love. You might even be able to get your dog to tell you what really happened to your favorite pair of shoes.