Until Tuesday

Until Tuesday

A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

Book - 2011
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"We aren't just service dog and master;
Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers.
Whatever you want to call it. We weren't made for each other,
but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed."

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalv?n never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, blessing many lives; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being-until Luis.

Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how together they healed each other's souls.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324292
Branch Call Number: 362.4 MON 2011 22
Characteristics: xi, 252 p. [8] p. of plates
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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