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Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him Paperback – Bargain Price, April 10, 2012
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"Wow, what a book! I think I was crying on page 3. The collision of man and dog, and the unbreakable bond they form, made my heart leap. Everyone should read this book to better understand not only the ravages of war, but the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rebound. I dare anyone to read this book and not believe in the power of love to heal."
-- 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
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This book contains some of several of these groups, but not in the amount or number that takes over the narrative. The magical part is that in his homage to his service dog, Luis Montalvan also makes a case against war, states what some of us long suspected about a recent conflict, and points out the need for more public information disseminated, and addressed, to the injuries so many of our veterans have sustained. And it still manages to wonderfully describe the dog, and the bond forged between them.
He's a guy with a mission, and I didn't get the book for that, I got it because I love and train my own dogs and always hope for a good dog book. This one, written by what was a non-dog person, is a gripping trip, whether you care about dogs, the military, the vets or just want to look through a window into a world most of us never see. You come away both entertained and informed.
Until Tuesday is a thoroughly engaging read that raises necessary questions about how we fight our wars and treat our veterans. It is at times provocative, emotionally challenging and honest. Montalvan is teamed with Tuesday, after entering a program that provides veterans with service dogs. Montalvan is at a low point in his life, and he and Tuesday, who almost didn't qualify for the program, must learn how to help each other. Together they struggle to a better life, but not necessarily a happy ending for there is no end to PTSD, just management, and no end to the challenge Montalvan has set for himself as a peaceful warrior - to advocate for veterans. Their mutual trust and love becomes the backbone of their newly emerging life. Richard Levine, "A Language Full of Wars and Songs" and "The Cadence of Mercy"
This book ended up rocking me down to my soul. I had a hard time putting it down, as I would read in bed until I could not stay awake any longer.
The book chronicled the story of U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván who sustained severe back and brain injuries during his second combat tour of duty in Iraq. After returning home, his physical wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder sent his life into a tailspin that seemed to be headed for disaster.
This was until Captain Montalván became involved with a non-profit organization that teamed disabled military veterans with service dogs. K-9 Tuesday and the Captain became partners who learned to trust each other and they formed a bond of love. Eventually Tuesday helped Captain Montalván out of the depth of despair helping him to regain independence and to eventually become an award-winning writer.
This story of the author's struggle and the training of service dogs was truly fascinating. I don't know how anyone after reading this book could not become an active advocate for providing service dogs to veterans in need.
Read it. You will thank yourself you did.