Thursday, October 3, 2019


Understanding Sassie: A Novel of Dog and Human Communication

Meanwhile, back at the wooded area, Sassie’s brother and sister had discovered the dirt road and the black skins that had the smell of food. 

The smell of man was in this area, but instead of being afraid, they recognized that man had been bringing good eats.  The dogs had started to watch a teenage boy and girl who kept coming to this area.  They would walk along the dirt road, but they were always carrying a good smelling box.  When they got to a grassy area they would put a piece of cloth on the ground, set the box on the cloth, and pull out the food contained inside the box. 

The teenagers seemed to be no threat to the dogs and because they left food scraps whenever they got up to leave, the dogs looked forward to their appearances.  As time went on, the dogs felt they could come closer to the couple.  The dogs’ hunger overcame their fear. 

The teenage girl was the first one to spot the dogs and wanted to encourage their approach, so she began to toss some pieces of her roast beef sandwich toward the dogs.  The teenagers left more and more food on the ground whenever they left the area in the hopes that this would further help gain the dog’s trust. 

Before the hot days of summer became the cool and colorful days of fall, the dogs were running to the teenagers and eating the treats from their hands.  It was a love affair that pulled the dogs away from the forest and into their new life with humans.  This was a situation that would leave Goldie alone in the forest. 
Millie was getting ready to start her work at the diner.  Her thoughts were not on her waitress work but on Mike.  He had begun to spend more and more time with her.  She really liked Mike but wasn’t sure if their relationship was getting too serious.  Millie wanted to graduate college and begin a career before even thinking about marriage. 

Mike was hinting at a closer relationship, and Millie was confused about what Mike meant when he said, “I’d like to be with you more often.” 

Millie decided that if she could, she would avoid Mike.  She felt she should no longer answer any of his phone calls and planned to keep a minimum of conversation with him at the diner.  She just did not have the time for Mike and college.  Having made this decision, she glanced up when she heard the door open.  A new customer had just entered.  She grabbed the pot of coffee and went to work.


With her permission, I am serializing a chapter a week, on this blog, the material from this novel by Helen A. Bemis, published by Outskirts Press and available through

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