I am typically not a memoir reader nor do I dive much into the non-fiction side of the book world but occasionally one comes along and it reminds me why these genres can be so loved. I also knew by the cover and synopsis that I would probably need tissues and lots of them.
Martha Teichner told two intertwined stories in this book that tugged hard at my heart strings. Carol Fetig is fighting cancer and diagnosed with little time left. When her doctor suggests putting her bull terrier, Harry, down when she leaves this life, Carol seeks out a new home for Harry. As chance encounters and fate goes, this leads Carol and Harry to the open heart of Martha and her bull terrier, Minnie. Martha journals the journey of Harry and Minnie and her growing friendship with Carol and shows the emotional side of cancer and loss.
This was a highly emotional read for me. For those who have fought the fight with cancer or those who have lost their beloved fur-babies, this will be a hard read. It's so real and so raw but also full of hope and times of happiness. It's an honest look at the end stages of cancer and makes you consider those four legged (or less) family members who may be left behind when you go.
Though heart wrenching, I am thankful to have received this emotional memoir from Celadon Books. Sometimes we need reminders that life is short and your calling card can come at any time. Spend time with all of those that you love and don't let the daily grind make you forget how to live in the moment.