• When Harry Met Minnie

  • A True Story of Love and Friendship
  • By: Martha Teichner
  • Narrated by: Martha Teichner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (432 ratings)

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*An Instant New York Times Best Seller!*

This program is read by the author.

A memoir of love and loss, of being in the right place at the right time, and of the mysterious ways a beloved pet can bring people together, from CBS Sunday Morning News correspondent and multi-Emmy-Award-winning Martha Teichner.

There are true fairy tales. Stories that exist because impossible-to-explain coincidences change everything. Except in real life, not all of them have conventional, happily-ever-after endings. When Harry Met Minnie is that kind of fairy tale, with the vibrant, romantic New York City backdrop of its namesake, the movie When Harry Met Sally, and the bittersweet wisdom of Tuesdays with Morrie.

There’s a special camaraderie among early-morning dog walkers. Gathering at dog runs in the park, or strolling through the farmer's market at Union Square before the bustling crowd appears, fellow pet owners become familiar - as do the personalities of their beloved animals. In this special space and time, a chance encounter with an old acquaintance changed Martha Teichner’s world. As fate would have it, her friend knew someone who was dying of cancer, from exposure to toxins after 9/11, and desperate to find a home for her dog, Harry. He was a Bull Terrier- the same breed as Martha’s dear Minnie. Would Martha consider giving Harry a safe, loving new home?

In short order, boy dog meets girl dog, the fairy tale part of this story. But there is so much more to this book. After Martha agrees to meet Harry and his owner Carol, what begins as a transaction involving a dog becomes a deep and meaningful friendship between two women with complicated lives and a love of Bull Terriers in common. Through the heartbreak and grief of Carol’s illness, the bond that develops changed Martha’s life, Carol’s life, Minnie’s life, Harry’s life. As it changed Carol’s death as well.

In this rich and touching narrative, Martha considers the ways our stories are shaped by the people we meet, and the profound love we can find by opening our hearts to unexpected encounters.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

©2021 Martha Teichner (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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WHEN HARRY MET MINNIE, I Felt Let Down Initially…

Recently, I enjoyed an excellent dog book here (entitled “Oliver”) so I set out to locate another audible book of equal high quality. I was thrilled when I came across “When Harry Met Minnie”. It’s a true story by Martha Teichner (of “CBS’ Sunday Morning” fame) about 2 Bull Terriers  (I love that adorable, smiley breed!) so what could go wrong? Well, something did, actually, but it’s hard to say exactly what :( There were pages of positive 5 star reviews and the frame work of the plot was interesting to me — a New Yorker in final stage of cancer seeks a new home for her 12 year old BT named Harry despite the problem of his age and medical issues, etc. “Oh this will be a selfless, caring book”, I imagined. “Well, Martha seriously considered re-homing Harry to live with her and Minnie so this story will be cool, after all”, I guessed: Hmm, not so fast…

First of all, fair warning: there is/was an entire chapter about a family property near Grand Traverse Bay in Western Michigan and after plowing through the territory, I wondered why this section about conservancy was included? (Did the editor insist on some filler maybe?) Anyway, just skip through this seemingly mostly-irrelevant (imho) Chapter 6 — IF you like.

A friendship kept building between the 2 dog-owners in NYC as they planned “meet and greet” acquaintance get-togethers for these aging pets … and Carol Fertig (the owner with rapidly declining health) kept giving away some of her lifelong treasures to Martha. Oh wait a minute now, rather early in this true story, I’m feeling sad and growing sadder. I had not bargained on Carol persisting to be in the midst of this tale. Gulp. Am I going to hear the sorrowful story of her death (*self talk*: “Brace yourself, Mary, the stylish lady will die and Harry may be more mournful than tail-wagging. Get ready!”) I am only partway through this book at point of my review but I’m not sure I will continue. Personally, I wanted to hear of the animals’ home readjustments but not focus on Carol’s terminal journey…so what to do? In fairness to the author, she writes well and her attention to detail is noteworthy so maybe I will be able to carry on — in fact, the book IS good and her narration is heartfelt but there are already melancholy undertones and I’m unlikely to be giggling at canine antics often. This IS truly high caliber writing, though, so I’m planning to rate it as close to 5 stars as could be my honest evaluation.

UPDATE: Yes, I did conclude reading the book willingly. I’ve decided it’s an exquisite retelling of this author’s New York experience … and the distribution of ashes (2 attempts!) at the Hudson River epitomized the hectic lifestyle among crowds there. I LOVED that Minnie was coaxed to attend that event owing to treats in Martha’s pocket, aww. I did re-rate my stars but still left one deleted because the cute cover conveyed a different type of storyline (to my thinking) and I felt initially misled BUT this is/was a worthwhile and compelling read after all: Bravo.

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One of a total of 5 books that I couldn't put down

There aren't many books that earn the spot of
"can't put down", but this is one. I have had the privilege of being able to enjoy books my entire life. It's a treasure, especially the Audible version with Martha Teichner's own voice. She had to be the one to tell her story, and Carol's and Harry's.
Thank you, Martha for sharing part of you with me.

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So Touching!

For dog lovers, journalists, New York lovers, and artists, AND for all the rest of us - this book will move you and break your heart wide open. Martha's sonorous voice will hold you captive to a deeply moving story of unexpected friendship.
There are a few side stories which seem like fillers - but, they are a minor distraction from this sweet and beautiful love story!

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very worthwhile

a touching tribute to humanity, friendship, fate, and a very misunderstood breed of dog. recommended for anyone else who has loved a bull terrier, or met a dear friend unexpectedly. PS: I would also love to listen to more books read by Martha Teichner.

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EBT fan

This book had me laughing and crying, such a wonderful story made my heart and soul sing. I have a EBT her name is Daisy . Thank you for writing this book, enjoyed listening to it.

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Beautiful story

Excellent story, well written and well read. I could not stop listening. I finished the book in one day.

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Heart Healing

Great for people who love their fur babies and for humans in general! A well delivered story of luck, love, and dignity.

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Great book!!

This was a very enjoyable book. I would recommend to any animal lover. Yes there were some sad moments but the author told the story in such a way, somehow your spirits stayed up.

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Filled my heart. A funny and beautiful story.

I guess it would help if you love dogs, but it is not necessary. I happen to of had a bull terrier, so got the inside jokes. This is so beautifully written and the author does a wonderful job of reading. Do yourself a favor and listen.

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Such a wonderful story!

Such a well written and narrated story. As a Hospice nurse, I appreciated Martha's experiences as she went along Carol's journey. Minnie, Goose, Harry.... all the dogs became so real due to the author's ability to so distinctly describe them and their place in her life.

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