Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him

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Thorndike Press, 2011 - Pets - 409 pages
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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"--

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This book is an interesting look at service dogs and their companions. The book is a true telling of Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan's tours in Iraq, his injuries and returning to life as a disabled ... Read full review

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User Review  - blkhart13 - LibraryThing

Montalvan takes you into his world so that you begin to understand the sacrifices of our combat veterans and the struggle to adjust to life after deployment. The inspiring bond between this warrior ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Luis Carlos Montalván was born in Washington, D. C. on April 13, 1973. He joined the Army in 1990 and spent over a decade as a communications specialist, military police officer, and infantryman. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He was in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps while at the University of Maryland and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 after completing officer training. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and received two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge during his service. He retired from the Army on September 11, 2007. He suffered from physical combat-related wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder, but was able to recover with the help of his service dog Tuesday. He became an advocate for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. He wrote several books including Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Save Him, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog, and Since Tuesday: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives. He was found dead inside a hotel room at the Indigo Hotel in El Paso, Texas on December 2, 2016 at the age of 43.

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