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Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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About the Author
Bret Witter is the writer behind Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, which spent months on the Times Bestseller List and has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
-- Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant (with Bob Woodruff) and Perfectly Imperfect
-- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War
-- Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
Top Customer Reviews
The first three chapters imaginatively recreate Tuesday's training, including a look at Tuesday's life in prison while he participated in the Puppies Behind Bars program, bonding with an inmate and helping the inmate hold onto his humanity in an inhumane environment. Tuesday also put in time at Children's Village, where troubled kids learn about responsibility and success by helping to train service dogs.
The next five chapters tell Montalván's story. It mirrors writing that came out of the Vietnam War in its complaint that the nation's leaders lied to the public, neglected the troops, and did too little to help veterans.
Montalván -- a National Guard officer who had been in uniform for more than a decade -- arrived at Al-Waleed, Iraq, in 2003. While working to keep arms and insurgents from crossing into Iraq from Syria, Montalván was ambushed and barely escaped assassination. The severity of his injuries (both physical and psychological) wasn't immediately recognized -- in part because he refused the requests of medics who wanted him to go to Baghdad for x-rays.Read more ›
Luis & Tuesday's story was heartbreaking to read, but not in the way that makes you pity him, but makes you have a tremendous amount of respect for him. And gratitude. Tremendous gratitude for the sacrifices he has made for this country. Home of the Brave, right? Land of the free? It made me feel so ashamed of the way we have treated our veterans, putting them through endless amounts of red tape and process to get the care they need. Its horribly inefficient. And Luis' is brave for his side of the story in Iraq. For not placating and politically positioning like so many of our politicans do. I have always felt like I was never getting the "full story" regarding the War and why were in it. There were too many conflicting explanations.
I also appreciate the way his story shed light on the discrimination people with disabilities still feel....even in the year of 2011, where "PC" is the norm. Its amazing how many store owners have no qualms about shouting at me from across the store that "No Dogs Allowed" despite the bright colored vests my Golden wears or the obviousness of his advanced training.
I appreciate that he views his dog the same way that I view mine. My best friend. My partner.
I hope to meet Luis one day, maybe buy him lunch and hopefully be permitted to wrap my arms around Tuesday and give his coat a ruffle.
You see I have an emotional support service dog, Winter. Winter was a Christmas gift to me from my beloved husband, George. I had always wanted a puppy under the Christmas tree and he gave that to me six years ago. On that December night upon my arrival home as I said I collapsed and from that moment to the present Winter has not left my side. She nudges me if I am getting anxious, most times before I realize it my self, she will take my finger or the sleeve of my shirt and guide me away from the situation or she will go away from me and continue to bark until I go to her. She will also wake me from the nightmares I continue to have. Winter has made it possible for me at the present time, and is the only reason I am able to function at all. My friend recognized this and supported me however he said upon reading Until Tuesday, it made him understand just what Winter does for me. Until Tuesday is an honest look at the life struggles that Mr. Montalvan has endured and how he has continued on his journey of healing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very moving portrayal of a special relationship between a diabled vet and an incredible dogPublished 3 days ago by Ralph
The cover of this book grabbed me right away and knowing first hand how much comfort animals can bring to our lives it appeared to be right up my alley. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Tragic beginnings for both, yet once they met, they found their way together. It is wonderful to see the healing power of a Golden Retriever. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sherwood12
A wonderful dog and his very honorable soul mate. A great story of overcoming numerous obstacles. And the Army needs more men like the captain. God bless Luis and Tuesday!Published 21 days ago by david t. in fayetteville, ga