Understanding Tippie

A Novel About a Free-Spirited Border Collie Mix

by Helen A. Bemis


Book Details

Gutsy Border Collie Mix Shows Her Strengths

In this, her fifth novel about the dogs and humans at the Riverview Animal Shelter, Helen A. Bemis details the training of canine service dogs, while she tells the story of the first years of an experimental Kids’ Camp at the Shelter. The challenges to training these dogs and their young handlers are added to by the worrisome presence of a stranger, the visit by a possibly rabid fox, the loss of a pet cat, Pretty Girl, and the revised plans of two teenagers who find themselves in love with each other after years of friendly competition at the Camp. Tippie, offspring of a Border Collie and a venturesome neighboring mixed-breed dog, puts her combination of smarts and bravery to good use in this installment. This is the fifth in this multi-book series, following UNDERSTANDING SASSIE; UNDERSTANDING SASSIE, II; UNDERSTANDING CHAMP, and UNDERSTANDING TRIXIE. Readers can enjoy each without having read the others. All five novels combine upbeat personal stories with insights about training dogs with love.


About the Author

Helen A. Bemis

Helen A. Bemis has enjoyed working with dogs all her life. She has a college degree from SUNY Adirondack, obtained the Certified Professional Dog Trainer international certification, and runs a successful business, K-9 Karing. She’s a retired Therapy Dog Evaluator and an A. K. C. Award Evaluator and speaks to various organizations about canine-related topics. This is her fifth published novel. She loves to hear people say, “Helen has gone to the dogs!”

Also by Helen A. Bemis

Understanding Sassie
Understanding Sassie II
Understanding Champ
Understanding Trixie
Understanding Miss Understanding
Understanding Treasure
Understanding Two Big Dogs
Understanding King and Understanding Prince
Understanding Lady, A Cocker Spaniel with Chutzpah
Understanding Rusty, Katie's Talented Golden Retriever
Understanding Opal, Olivia's Great Dane and Understanding Lucky, Katie's Celebrity Poodle/Shepherd Mutt
Understanding Scout, Pixie's Protective Playmate Pooch
Understanding Barney, An Irish Wolfhound, and Understanding Bones, Skye’s Cadaver Dog
Understanding Einstein, A Border Collie Who Talked
Understanding Smokey, Nikki’s Rescued Weimaraner