Until Tuesday

Until Tuesday

A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

Book - 2011
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"Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me--even the straight, stiff way I carry myself--that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren't just pride, and that Tuesday isn't just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object--a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door--any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn't my pet; he's my service dog." Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog"--
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324292
1401324290
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 636.708 Mon
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret

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JCLBarbaraL May 06, 2015

I am very excited that Luis Montalvan and Tuesday will be visiting our Antioch Library June 13, 2015 at 10:30 am to share this touching, informative, intriguing, and very important story of Army Captain Montalvan and his service dog Tuesday. We learn how Tuesday was trained and how he and other service dogs are matched with their owners. Captain Montalvan also captures what it is like to live day-to-day with PTSD and how a dog like Tuesday can make an enormous difference in coping with the disorder. "Every Hero has a Story".

JCLBarbaraL Jul 07, 2014

A touching, informative, intriguing, and very important story of Army Captain Luis Montalvan and his service dog Tuesday. We learn how Tuesday was trained and how he and other service dogs are matched with their owners. Captain Montalvan also captures what it is like to live day-to-day with PTSD and how a dog like Tuesday can make an enormous difference in coping with the disorder. I am very excited that Luis Montalvan and Tuesday will be visiting our Antioch Library next summer (2015)! "Every Hero has a Story".

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CarolGr
Sep 02, 2013

I have always admired those who serve our country. Now I find myself even more appreciative of what these men & women sacrifice to serve our country & how little our government does to help those that don't come back whole. I loved this book (although I skimmed much of the war stuff). Captain Montalvan uses his gift with words to bring to light the struggles of many of our vets & to point out where our country needs to step up to help these brave men & women.

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timehascome
Oct 19, 2012

With tears in my eyes, I share this comment on how "Until Tuesday" affected me.
If you want to read about the journey through the difficulties of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is the book; if you want to learn to understand the impact on the soldiers who have served or are serving in the Middle East, this book will help; if you want to know how a dog is trained to be a service dog for people with PTSD, this is a great book; if you want to feel the love of a dog for its master, you need to read this book.
Until Tuesday is heartwarming, sad, horrifying and funny, written by a very talented man. A hug for Tuesday and to Luis Carlos Montalvan

KatSu Jun 03, 2012

This was good, interesting, heartwarming

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JudithE
Oct 08, 2011

I loved this book (although I skimmed much of the war stuff). This book captured extraordinarily well the relationship between a person who needs help and the service animal who brings that help and much more to him. I understand some of the war details in this book have been disputed, and I can see why that would be: the author is critical of how the US managed the war in Iraq, while supporting the efforts of soldiers on the ground. He is also critical of the support that wounded soldiers receive after returning to the US. It makes sense to me that people who do not wish to have that criticism stand would attack his book.

mmtodd1999 Jun 09, 2011

pg. 70 where stopped

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