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Sniffer & Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship by Berit Helberg


Sniffer and Tinni is a true story about a Red Fox and a German Shepherd, living in the small Norwegian town of Ski.  Tinni, the shepherd, was on a walk with her owner in a field at the edge of a forest.  Suddenly, she froze while a baby fox came up to her and then tackling her playfully.  At first, Tinni was not sure of this creature’s behavior with her, but, upon seeing the young fox regularly, Tinni began to enjoy the fun.  The owner, Torgeir, named the fox, Sniffer.  The two played together each day, chasing squirrels, wrestling, getting sticks, playing with a ball.  During the winters, when the pond was frozen, they would walk on the ice only to find their own reflections ever-so-intriguing (as in the cover photo).

As Sniffer grew, he stayed in the forest more and more, yet every once in a while, he would come back to the field where Sniffer and Tinni would play together.

Torgeir Berge is the photographer of the excellent real-life photos of the two animals playing and resting.

They have their own Facebook page:

One of many youtube videos shows just what fun these two enjoy:


Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Berit Helberg lives in Orkdal, Norway.  She is a writer, musician, and illustrator.  You can find her @  

Torgeir Berge lives in Ski, Norway, a small town outside Oslo where he runs a dog kennel.  He is the photographer.

Book Information:
ISBN-13: 978-1454918707

Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (June 7, 2016)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches


I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

8 thoughts on “Sniffer & Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship by Berit Helberg

  1. I’m happy to meet you, a fellow Texan, a fellow blogger, and a fellow retired librarian. Thank you for sharing this beautiful book with us. I’m deeply interested in children’s picture books, and I’m always on the lookout for new titles.

    I hope you have a lovely week!

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