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

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

by Luis Carlos Montalván, Bret Witter

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401324292
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Read an Excerpt

"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."

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

What People are Saying About This

Vicki Myron

"This story of an incredible service dog is both touching and warm. Some of the struggles are painful to read, because they are so real, but that only makes the triumphs more uplifting. In the course of these pages, Tuesday truly becomes a hero, as does Luis Montalvan. This book feels like more than a joy; it feels necessary." (Vicki Myron, #1 NYT bestselling author of Dewey)

Andrew J. Bacevich

"A deeply moving story of service, sacrifice, and restoration. Years from now when critics assemble the canon of Iraq War literature, look for Until Tuesday to make everyone's short list." (Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War)

Lee Woodruff

"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)

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