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

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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 Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of ...
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Overview

"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 Montalván 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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Returning home after two tours of duty in Iraq, former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan's physical injuries and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) turn his life into a nightmarish existence. An email with a subject of "WWP and Puppies Behind Bars" alerted him to possible relief with the assistance of a service dog. This is his story but it is also the story of Tuesday, the intelligent, extensively trained but heartbroken golden retriever, who is chosen to become his service dog and constant companion.

Much more than a dog story or a personal memoir, this is one of those rare books that enable the reader to come away with a different worldview. Just as Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet showed us the world through the eyes of an Autistic Savant, with Until Tuesday, Montalvan leaves his readers with a better understanding of the PTSD-driven world of a combat veteran and the valuable and unique role service dogs can fill in that world. —Bruce T. Filbeck, Bookseller, #2696, Port Huron, MI

Publishers Weekly
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. Montalván, 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 Montalván 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410441935
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis Carlos Montalván is a 17 year veteran and retired Captain of the US Army where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. Luis' writing is published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the International Herald Tribune (among others), and NPR, CBS, AFP, BBC, C-SPAN, ANP, and Democracy Now have all featured his amazing personal tale and vocal criticism of the war. Luis lives in Brooklyn and is a student at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. www.luiscarlosmontalvan.com

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.

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"Tuesday combines a golden retriever's innate playfulness and bouncy exuberance with a noble bearing and seriousness of purpose. But it is not his beautiful coat, or even his regal attitude, that attract the stares. Tuesday has an extraordinarily expressive face. He has sensitive, almost sad eyes, but they are more than offset by his big goofy smile. He can't pass anyone without flashing them a sly look with those eyes, as if to say, sorry, I'd love to play, but I'm working. He just makes a connection; he 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."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preamble The First Look 1

Part I Tuesday

Chapter 1 Motherly Love 11

Chapter 2 Puppy Behind Bars 23

Chapter 3 The Lost Boys 37

Part II Luis

Chapter 4 Al-Waleed 49

Chapter 5 An American Soldier 64

Chapter 6 Anything but Stable 76

Chapter 7 Hard Decisions 85

Chapter 8 The Thought of Dogs 96

Part III Tuesday and Luis

Chapter 9 The First Choice 105

Chapter 10 Company 111

Chapter 11 The Right Dog 119

Chapter 12 The First Test 129

Chapter 13 Thanksgiving 137

Chapter 14 Smoked 149

Chapter 15 Cats and Dogs 158

Chapter 16 Hope and Change 166

Chapter 17 The Back of the Bus 172

Chapter 18 Tuesday's Handle 183

Chapter 19 Tuesday Talks 192

Chapter 20 Summer Days 201

Chapter 21 Crash and Groom 209

Chapter 22 The Little Things 217

Chapter 23 For Veterans Everywhere 225

Chapter 24 A Quiet Life 237

Epilogue Graduation Day 247

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    *****

    Until Tuesday is by far one of the most rewarding books I have read for it portrays the courage of a true warrior and the unwavering compassion of mans best friend. Luis carries the reader through his days of survival and into the healing hands (paws) of Tuesday. The book is well written and Luis does indeed have a powerful message to any wounded soldier. This book is an absolute must read for all. Klenn

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    A MUST read!

    This is a very touching recount of life as a veteran with disabilities and how he learns to help himself with the help of a very special friend.

    It is hard to not feel like you know Luis when reading this book. It brings every emotion possibly to the surface. Many tears were shed while reading this but you also feel the pride of how Luis deals with situations in his life.

    A very special veteran and his very special four legged friend..... I highly recommend that if you have a service member, someone who is disabled or both, in your family. It gives the average person a glimpse of their lives and brings an understanding along with it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Definitely a five star book. As a dog lover I tend to gravitat

    Definitely a five star book. As a dog lover I tend to gravitate toward books about animals. More often than not the endings of dog stories are sad. This book is the exception. Although the circumstances that bring Luis literally to his knees are heart-breaking, this is a truly uplifting tale. Intertwined with the hardships Luis endures due to his service-related injuries (including post-traumatic stress disorder) is the trail taken to meet Tuesday. Although the path isn't always without pain, Tuesday and Luis have each other! I am continually amazed at how intuitive dogs are and how big their hearts are. Must read for anyone who a) cares about our servicemen and servicewomen, b) loves dogs and how they interact with people they love, and c) wants to learn more about the different ways dogs can assist us. It will be one of those "over and over" reads!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    I have bought this wonderful and heartrending story for myself,

    I have bought this wonderful and heartrending story for myself, but also for others. I have read this book more than once and with each new read I get something more out of it. I personally relate to Tues. because I had a G.R. named Mykie and when I look into the eyes of Tues. I see my boy who has since passed. One cannot ask for a more devoted and faithful companion than A Golden named Tues. Luis and Tues. came together and a bond greater than life was formed not to be dissolved. I am estactic that a movie will come out and I will be crying just like when I read their story.I am still waiting for a Book of Illustrations to be published so we can marvel at the many faces of Tues. my favorite, Tues with Angel wings this too is a reminder of my Mykie. Luis and Tues. are a special breed , I thank Captain Luis Montalvan of the U. S. Army for serviing his country with pride and for all he is enduring because of his service, and I thank Tues.for her service to Luis, they certainly are a team, I salute both my heroes. God Bless the U.S.A., Captain Luis Montalvan ,and his devoted friend and companionTues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    This book is one of the few books I hae read cover to cover. Cap

    This book is one of the few books I hae read cover to cover. Captain Montalvan has really hit the inner core of physical and emotional stress and illnesses that Veterans of all generations have faced. The struggle Veterans have faced has mostly been kept hidden until the last generation. This book really helps Veterans and all members of society have the courage to come forward to receive the proper help that is needed to press on with a more stable life. The amazing contribution of Tuesday and all service dogs is truly unique and defintley an inspiration. I strongly suggest reading this book and passing it on to others. I have bought extra copies t put out for my felow Veterans to read. Please support Veterans and service dogs no matter your beliefs on war, the Veteran does his job just like you and needs support and understanding. The service dogs like Tuesday are a great support and necescity for wounded Veterans.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    This is my new favorite book! I see many of the personality trai

    This is my new favorite book! I see many of the personality traits the author describes in Tuesday in my own Golden, Cody. It is very heartwarming to read about the bond between Luis and Tuesday, especially considering what they both have experienced in the past. The author describes the effects PTSD has had on him in a way that we, who are protected and have not experienced war, can understand. Thank you, Luis, for giving us a very personal view of your life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    I recently read this book and came away with a greater understan

    I recently read this book and came away with a greater understanding of the urgent need for service dogs for veterans and all persons with disabilities. This beautiful story is about Fmr. Capt. Luis Montalvan who was in the war in Iraq and a service dog,Tuesday. The lessons both learned solidify a bond of love, trust, courage and faith that is inspiring and encouraging. It is a testament to love and honor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Incredible lessons included-- HIGHLY Recommend

    The book is about the relationship of two souls, two beings that needed healing. It transcends a man dog relationship, although that is it's elementary beginning. Tuesday needs Luis as Luis needs Tuesday.
    It is also the book about a highly decorated wounded OIF warrior/Captain/Infantry officer matched with an incredible dog who was trained not only by a home, a prison inmate and a foster youth who had built enermous walls.
    It is about the rise and fall of the human and canine spirit and how through life we continue in spite of fear, horror, loss and love. How we stay in connection with life and family when we are deeply wounded. It mentions some political things about the war, but from someone who was a mid level manager and had to take the orders and carry them out on the battlefield.
    It is about the multiple use of baby wipes in the field (I read some of the other reviews-- funny how everyone picks up on something different.
    It is about surviving war injuries and pulling oneself to something you know -- and finding the relationship that helps you to heal, and move from hopelessness to healing.
    The words were always well selected. Describing Tuesday with "natural Grace"-- how many of us are in touch with our own grace? It changes Luis from hopeless desperation to hope and success.
    THANKS

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Very Timely Subject, Good reading & writing

    Luis & Tuesday touched me more because of the fact that I too am disabled and have a Service Dog. We have had the same struggles they encounter in his daily living. Empathy is seldom while ignorance is rampant. This book and soon to be movie will be a monitor for the world to look at and see how they act. Enjoyable reading style that fits the author, the dog and the subject matter. BUY THIS BOOK OR SEE THE MOVIE:)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    It is a Great Read

    Such a touching book. You feel like you know Luis and Tuesday. Very enlightening too

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    i just finished listening to this book and absolutely loved it.

    i just finished listening to this book and absolutely loved it. I have muscular Dystrophy and I can kind of
     understand some of the situations with people who don't understand how people who have challenges feel.
     I know muscular Dystrophy is different from PTSD but I am glad that I had the opportunity to see what having
    PTSD is like so that I can be better and not judge. I have friends who have been to war and never truly
    understood all they went through until reading this book. The story makes me want to do more for other
    people especially veterans. I also wish that every person who is having PTSD and other problems could
    have a great dog like Tuesday. He was meant to be on this earth for a reason just like all animals but
    Tuesday is one of the special ones who understands his purpose. Luis you are a hero and thanks for sharing
    your story and Tuesday with the world. I hope everyone can remember what my friend said "You think you
    know, but you have no idea" what people are going through so just be kind to everyone. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    One of the best books I've read. Tells the story of a man, a so

    One of the best books I've read. Tells the story of a man, a solider and how life can be made better by seeing the world accurately and with open eyes. All americans, or anyone that wants to help our military vetrens should read...or even if you just love dogs....GREAT book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I just want to say that Until Tuesday, was by far one of the bes

    I just want to say that Until Tuesday, was by far one of the best written stories I've read in a long time. From the moment you pick it up until the moment you close this book, you will not stop thinking about it. Luis takes you on his journey as a serviceman through the time he is a man with a service dog. Saying that Tuesday is a dog, is somewhat inadequate, since this loving creature became one of the best friends Luis could ever have. I learned a lot about what a service animal can do to aid the disabled person who owns him.

    Through the many memories that Luis shares, you will find yourself walking side by side during this painful journey. Tuesday came along at the right moment in time when Luis needed him most. You will laugh and you will cry but most often you will reflect on the trials that a person with a disability faces when they are out in the world. Not only do they have the hindrences of being handicapped in some way, they have to face many obstacles including humiliation, fear and rejection to name a few. Luis does a fine job educating those who are not aware of the struggles that someone who's disabled encounters on a daily basis

    Take the time to read this wonderful story of healing and restoration soon, you will be glad you did. And when you see someone who is disabled with a service dog, smile, be courteous and give them the honor and respect that is due them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    This book was an incredible story about the daily struggles of o

    This book was an incredible story about the daily struggles of our Disabled American Vets.  These struggles are both physical, mental and emotional.  I originally thought this book was just about service dogs, but it is so much more.  These men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation's freedom and many cannot function as civilians once back stateside.  In come the furry four legged heroes.  These special dogs are partnered with a vet based upon personalities and needs.  Now for the first time many of these men and women find that they can now cope with everyday things with the help of these amazingly trained dogs.  These dogs help their soldier dress, walk down a busy street, take public transport and even give their soldier a sense of calm that was not there before.  A lovely book and incredible lesson the cost of our country's freedom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

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    Ahead of the Pack I give the book five stars. It merits recomme

    Ahead of the Pack

    I give the book five stars. It merits recommendation for all ages except children even though it looks inviting with a photo of beautiful and sweet Tuesday on the cover and has fun, interesting, and humorous stories about Tuesday and former U.S Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan throughout the book. Captain Montalvan takes you on a journey from war in a desert called Iraq to the deeply agonizing desert of despair and parched hopelessness experienced as a result of PTSD and others’ lack of understanding. His war stories combined with his profound grief and emotional distress as a result of war, his concerns about the plight of the situation in Iraq, and fears for those still in harm’s way would be too heavy for kids. Additionally, if you don’t think animals have feelings, this book should change your mind as Tuesday’s story unfolds as well.

    Until Tuesday is a great educational tool concerning PTSD, as it depicts a stark portrait of the realities of the ravages of war with the purpose to help others see how service dogs are in my words a gift of the mercy of God. I don’t usually read or watch war movies, as I struggle with PTSD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is similar to Gulf War Syndrome. This book actually helped me, though, as the stories of Tuesday and other service dogs bring hope and encouragement to press on through life. It also helped me better understand the war from a front line warrior’s perspective. As I’ve started on my own book, Until Tuesday has shown me how laughter, love, and hope even if intertwined with the brokenness of life can be medicine to the soul. I believe we all have a story to tell.

    The book also eloquently articulates the following invaluable lessons: the transforming power of unconditional love and acceptance; the importance of accepting responsibility instead of sliding into denial; the devastation generated by betrayal, discrimination and ignorance; and the ability of a service dog to radically improve the quality of life of a veteran with visible and invisible wounds.
    Until Tuesday will especially benefit anyone experiencing a similar storm by understanding one can chart a course back to smoother waters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Emotional and heartfelt. He poured his guts out which made for a

    Emotional and heartfelt. He poured his guts out which made for an unusually captivating audio book. Capt. Montalvan deserves credit for the courage it took, not only to serve in the Army for so many year and in combat, but to share the trauma -- the effects of war -- with us; so that we can better learn what our nation's defenders have endured.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    A FANTASTIC READ!! This is a wonderful, eye opening book that wi

    A FANTASTIC READ!!
    This is a wonderful, eye opening book that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Luis Carlos Montalvan educates us on the battles that veterans like himself deal with in and out of a war zone. He also fills our hearts with love for his beloved assistance dog, Tuesday. I was very touched by his openness, honesty and character. I highly recommend you read this book. You won't regret letting Luis and Tuesday into your life.


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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    I laughed. I cried. Then I hugged my dogs....

    This book is simply amazing. I will admit that I bought it because I thought it had more to do with the dog on the cover. Once I started reading I was taken into a world that I had never known...Iraq, Afghanistan, Baghdad, New York with PTSD. Enter Tuesday. A charming "Gentleman" who was waiting for his Guardian to find him and his purpose. I cried my eyes out while reading about Tuesday's life upon meeting Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan. Literally cried. I actually reached out to the author to express my thoughts....that's how moved I was by the moment, the dynamics, the sheer description of their meeting and what happened at ECAD. Dogs are my world. I love them more than I like people. Luis gets that from Tuesday, he's able to express that in words in a way that makes me think "Someone FINALLY gets what I've been saying". Tuesday and Luis were created by God for each other. There is no question in my mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Love, love, love this book!

    It's the true story of Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and the trials and tribulations of returning home from war with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stess Disorder)as well as physical injuries received while on his tour of duty in Iraq. All is not going well for Luis until Tuesday; fun-loving, adorable, and not always so obedient Tuesday, the Golden Retriever therapy dog that Luis chose as his aide. And aide Tuesday became, as well as best friend and confidant.
    This book made me smile and it made me cry. And it makes me appreciate more what our servicemen and women do while on their tour of duty and how they are treated upon return home. Read this book and then go hug a soldier. Thank you, Luis and Tuesday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    I purchased this book after the picture of Tuesday and the subti

    I purchased this book after the picture of Tuesday and the subtitle caught my eye while I was shopping.
    I anticipated a good read and was not disappointed. The author is a fine wordsmith and the pace was right to my taste. The biography of a wounded warrior and the very sensitive dog brought me to both tears and joy. Both had difficulties prior to their meeting at ECAD. But in a short time a bond was formed. (Anyone who loves dogs will recognize that bonding process.) Healing came to both of them.
    Yes, miracles do happen in the presence of unconditional love. Mr. Montalvan’s ability to write this book about his struggles just to live a “normal” life after being discharged is evidence of this change. As for Tuesday, he learned to trust Luis and do his job with diligence and joy.

    In addition, I have to speak about a change in my life. I have been seeing doctors for years who have been treating me for clinical depression. I have always wondered what the trigger was and maybe “why me?” I won’t go into the nasty details, however, as I was reading this book, a light came on and I knew the trigger was an event when I was 15 years old. Something I had never discussed with anyone but had impacted my life dramatically. My problem was PTSD. My doctor agrees with my diagnosis and I am dealing with it.
    PTSD is not limited to the effects of war but can be any traumatic event. I believe that the events in Aurora, Colorado will leave some of those affected with PTSD. I really hope the doctors are aware of it’s crippling effects and provide appropriate treatment.
    My heartfelt thanks to the author and his partner, Tuesday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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