One Word: Bittersweet

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Martha Teichner has a very distinct way of telling stories. If you ever watched the show CBS Sunday Morning, Ms. Teichner's distinct voice alone makes you sit up and take notice. Personally, I think she could talk about anything and I would listen.

In her personal and moving story, she tells of the circumstances that are "coincidences" that lead her to meeting her friend Carol and her dog, Harry. We all know that these types of "coincidences" are anything but. Carol, unfortunately is dying of cancer, a victim of the toxic air around her apartment post 9/11. Harry himself has a lot of health problems and Carol is very worried that when she passes, Harry won't have anywhere to go. However, due to a chance meeting with Carol's friend, Stephen, a plan is set in motion for Ms. Teichner and her dog Minnie to meet Carol and Harry.

What continues is a story of friendship not only between Minnie and Harry, but the friendship between Carol and Ms. Teichner. The battle Carol faces is not surprising in it's sadness, nobody deserves to go through that kind of illness, but it seems even more poignant that it's another casualty of 9/11 years after the fact.

I am a huge animal lover. I have my own dog and have lost 3 in the last 11 years. I can't imagine having to worry about my dog's future due to being sick. I'm sure Carol was heartbroken when she thought about it, but then Ms. Teichner came along and eased Carol's mind about Harry. If you are an animal person, you will enjoy this story. I would have liked a little MORE about Harry and Minnie, if possible. There were a few stories and information that I felt weren't exactly relevant, but still interesting. The story is a good one and you might need tissues. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, obviously, but a bittersweet tale of friends all the way around.