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Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him
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New York : Hyperion, c2011.
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xi, 252 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.


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Central 921 MONTALVAN, L

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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.

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Booklist Review

As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan with an increasing number of PTSD symptoms, books such as this provide solace and hope. In graphic and wrenching detail, Montalvan describes his devastating combat injuries in Iraq and deep disappointment over how the war was prosecuted. He also shares the parallel story of his service dog, Tuesday. Stories of dogs assisting people are not unusual, but Montalvan's willingness to share his personal struggle makes for a gripping, timely, and poignant tale. He does not mince words as he chronicles the resistance of those who didn't think he was injured enough for an assistance dog and how those incorrect assumptions brought undue harm to him and others like him. A clarion call to all who profess to care about our veterans and an intense reminder of just how high a price they have already paid, Montalvan's mixture of memoir, military history, and pet story results in an urgently important tale.--Mondor, Collee. Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Man's best friend stars in this memoir by an Iraq vet who returns to New York and enlists the help of a golden retriever named Tuesday to help him re-acclimate in a new world marked by a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Montalvan, a former captain of the US Army, is most compelling when zoning in on specifics, especially related to his psychological disorder: "The subway was a horror for my PTSD-addled brain, a nail-gripping, muscle-tensing ride in a claustrophobic tube full of faces my mind compulsively studied for signs of malicious intent." Although provided the assistance of a doctor and therapist, the commute to and from these sessions caused Montalvan immense anxiety filled with hypothetical dangers. Public-speaking engagements similarly were racked with anxiety, and described vividly. Tuesday, a gentle golden retriever, became the perfect remedy for the veteran's neurosis. Though canine assistance and the Iraq war are both major characters, this is a valuable first-person glimpse into how someone with PTSD thinks. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preamble The First Lookp. 1
Part I Tuesday
Chapter 1 Motherly Lovep. 11
Chapter 2 Puppy Behind Barsp. 23
Chapter 3 The Lost Boysp. 37
Part II Luis
Chapter 4 Al-Waleedp. 49
Chapter 5 An American Soldierp. 64
Chapter 6 Anything but Stablep. 76
Chapter 7 Hard Decisionsp. 85
Chapter 8 The Thought of Dogsp. 96
Part III Tuesday and Luis
Chapter 9 The First Choicep. 105
Chapter 10 Companyp. 111
Chapter 11 The Right Dogp. 119
Chapter 12 The First Testp. 129
Chapter 13 Thanksgivingp. 137
Chapter 14 Smokedp. 149
Chapter 15 Cats and Dogsp. 158
Chapter 16 Hope and Changep. 166
Chapter 17 The Back of the Busp. 172
Chapter 18 Tuesday's Handlep. 183
Chapter 19 Tuesday Talksp. 192
Chapter 20 Summer Daysp. 201
Chapter 21 Crash and Groomp. 209
Chapter 22 The Little Thingsp. 217
Chapter 23 For Veterans Everywherep. 225
Chapter 24 A Quiet Lifep. 237
Epilogue Graduation Dayp. 247