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

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,816 ratings  ·  798 reviews
A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier's life forever.

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, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take th
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Taz Tom
Feb 17, 2013 Taz Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: for-referance
I highly recommend reading this book. It is a book about HOPE, encouragement and informative, while also being a heart warming story about Tuesday, a golden retriever, and the wounded warrior he saved.

I have PTSD and started reading this book as I was begining the 12 week intense exposure therapy treatment at a VA Medical Center. It provided hope and encouragement for me then as well as now. It also provides hope and encouragement for the loved ones of vets suffering with Post Tramatic Stress Di
You must read this book. Not because you're a dog lover. Not because you are or were in the military. Not because you love someone who is or was in the military. Those are all good reasons, but they're not the real reason. You must read this book to know about love, to know about pain, and about recovery. And you need to know about hope.

This book tells not only the remarkable story of Montalván and his service dog Tuesday, it tells the story of a war that we citizens, through action and inactio
Gregory Lamb
A colleague of mine not only recommended this book, but gave me her copy and asked that I "pay it foreword" when finished reading it. After plowing through the first couple of chapters, I understood why she wanted me to read it. As a veteran myself, I needed to read this story.

Until Tuesday is not a typical memoir or a non-fictional account about a battle weary disabled veteran and his service dog. Until Tuesday is a refreshing and thoroughly honest story of tragedy turned to triumph when fate i
Until Tuesday is a book for dog lovers, PTSD sufferers, people with other invisible illnesses and those with a loved one who are currently fighting in a war or have been to war. Luis tells it like it is with brutal honesty and no sugar coating. I cried and laughed and identified with Luis in his struggle in day to day life and the loneliness and the lack of understanding that comes with invisible illness.

Until Tuesday is not a book that leaves you depressed and wishing you had never read it. It
Renee Beaubien-baerresen
I felt as if this author spoke personally to me. I am a retired Deputy Sheriff, diagnosed with PTSD. I cried and laughed when I read this very special book. I have several rescue dogs and feel the connection that Luis mentions in his book. This book literally saved me from myself. I do not feel alone anymore. Thank you for your honesty, love and bravery.

Renee Baerresen
This story, this man, this dog....without meaning to touch me specifically, opened my heart to start my healing journey. Thoughtful, intelligent, interesting, funny, heartbreaking....educational! No matter where you are in your life journey, there is something in this beautifully expressed book for everyone who feels love, pain and hope! Thank you Captain Montalvan for sharing your life and your Tuesday!
Jun 25, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
Recommended to Brenda by: Michael
What an inspiring, heartwrenching, moving, lovable book! I felt so incredibly sorry for Luis, and in turn for all the soldiers who have and are fighting for their countries...the veterans of Iran, Afghanistan and all other places that have ever been at war.

Captain Luis Montalvan retired from 17 years of service in the US army, and he was suffering from physical disabilities, plus PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). After a horror period, where the simple things we take for granted - taking a
Ryan Feikle
I had heard about Mr. Montalván's story and knew his book would be a really good read. I'm a big dog lover and have the greatest respect for those that serve our country. Quite honestly after reading Until Tuesday, I don't know if I've ever read anything more touching. This story isn't your typical "feel good" story. It completely opened up my eyes to some of the struggles and difficulties Veterans, Service Members and people with disabilities are facing and have faced. I've always been aware of ...more
Mari Castillo-villegas
One amazing book!!! I am an army wife and my husband doesn't talk much to me about the war so this has helped me understand him and his thoughts in a way. I respect Luis to the fullest and admire him greatly!! Tuesday is one lucky dog!!
Until Tuesday starts out as the memoir of a service dog and the wounded veteran he saves and then turns into so much more. The story of how Tuesday and Luis found each other is a remarkable one, but the stories of why they came to need each other so much are heartbreaking and inspiring. Luis tells in compassionate detail what he experienced in Iraq and gives a courageous description of what living with PTSD is really like. He details the commitment involved in training and placing a service dog, ...more
This is a very sweet and touching story of a Iraq veteran and his service dog, Tuesday. And don't worry animal lovers, Tuesday is still alive - I believe he's about five years old today - and still with the author, Luis. This book really opened my eyes to the trauma that soldiers experience during war and how abandoned they are by society, political leaders, and even their families. Luis's story is not told to earn pity, but to help people understand that what you see and hear in the papers or f ...more
This isn't your typical "dog book" despite first impressions of the cover picture of a handsome golden retriever. It is the story, primarily, of an army vet. And you will cry when you read it. No, the dog doesn't die at the end (thankfully, unlike some other popular dog-on-the-cover books), but you will find yourself tearing up several times during the book.

If you want a deeper understanding of what it means to be a soldier (even if you thought you knew) you must read this book. Montalvan provid
May 28, 2011 Rosemary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Thank you Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and Tuesday an incredible Golden Retriever for sharing your soul in such a literary gift "Until Tuesday:A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him." As an Air Force and Coast Guard Mom and a Marine Aunt I thought I understood military life and the sacrifices that it has. Also, as one who always had dogs in my home (Labs & Pointer)I thought I understood the unconditional love and bond between humans and dogs. But, wow, "Until Tuesday" ...more
As a puppy raiser for a national service dog organization, Until Tuesday brings so much into perspective on raising a puppy, and giving it back to the school for further training. Reading Mr. Montalvan's story reinforces what I do as a puppy raiser, and what a difference dogs make in our lives, the lives of veterans, and disabled persons. I'm committed to bringing awareness to Mr. Montalvan's cause, his advocacy, and continuing to raise puppies to make a difference in the lifes of people who nee ...more
Becky Dartnall
Combining a heart- breaking story of a wounded American Army captain, plagued with war- related injuries & PTSD, and a wonderful young retriever named Tuesday- this is a book I couldn't put down. If you want to better understand the struggles of our Iraq/ Afghanistan military veterans: Luis' journey from gung-ho soldier to disabled vet, living on his own in loneliness & constant anxiety, certainly brings our soldiers' post- war challenges into sharp focus. The writers skillfully tell the ...more
Beth Beckwith
I've added several copies of this to my middle school library as a nonfiction option for students. The students who have read it also think it's great. It's a story not to be missed.
Jul 23, 2012 Janelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: military/veterans interests, animals
If you’re looking for the "warm fuzzies" in a book about a well behaved service dog and his injured retired military master, this book ain’t the place to find it. Luis Carlos Montalván gives a realistic account of his military service, injuries obtained overseas and stateside and the psychological wounds he received from the aftermath of violence witnessed during his two tours in Iraq. He deftly describes his cruel struggles to obtain the help he needed from a VA system that doubted he needed an ...more
This isn't the normal kind of book I pick up and read, but when I heard a signing was going to be local, I looked into the book. It looked like something I would like so I bought it and I'm so glad I did. I was rivited from the first page. "Meeting" Tuesday through Luis Carlos Montalvan's writings is amazing. I was able to understand so much about how the Puppies Behind Bars program works as well as ECAD and got a look into what it takes to train these amazing animals known as service dogs. Mont ...more
I won't do a review as my fellow reviewers did a fine job of describing the book. But, I will tell you I was seriously pissed at the injustice being melted out by society because of their ignorance and self righteousness about the handicap!

Here a man has volunteered freely to fight for his country...believed in it's of the Army only to come home broken and have no support system in place to help him heal! I can't believe the "higher up's" had not thought of the conquences of going
Judy Tydeman
In a world where our heroes seem to be mainly fictional characters in movies or video games, in this book, I have found two real life heroes. A warrior suffering physical, emotional and mental wounds--lost, searching for meaning, for healing, for recovery. And a dog with the soul of an Angel searching for the wounded man he was meant to save. The human hero of which I speak is Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, a valiant, courageous soldier for our country for 17 years. The Canine hero, is Tuesday, a ...more
This is one of those books that brings each reader the inverse of what the reader brings to the book. The book's heroes are studies in contradictory existence - the young man, inspired by Reagan patriotism to eschew his father's intellectualism and academia and enlist in the Army at 17, who becomes a leader of men at war and a passionate and reasoned advocate against bad decision-making after the war; the golden retriever, trained from his third day of life to serve one person stoically and beco ...more
“I certainly do not aim to descend to the lowest common denominator of the living. That being said, I have neglected some issues that are fundamentally weakening my ability and the possibility to thrive and live a happy life. I am, in fact, committed to being honest with myself so that I can overcome this situation. This includes not succumbing to the path of least resistance (denial) but rather the path of hardship which I know will lead to my evolution….. I don’t expect you to fully realize wh ...more
Danielle Mcswain
I had to catch myself wiping a tear a few times while reading this book (on a plane-eep!). Montalvan's transformation from wounded and angry to wounded and healing is truly inspiring. I learned about the challenges returning service members face when dealing with the world around them, the VA and themselves once returning from active duty. I also learned about service dogs and the vast amount of people each dog is able to reach during their lives. It's an awe-inspiring process.

Montalvan does di
Being a service dog partner myself who had by strange twist of fate been forced to retire my dog because of a freak medical problem just a day or two before reading this book, I have to say that the book hit me hard. I cried through much of it, relating immensely to Montalvan's bond and interactions with Tuesday. The experiences the team go through together are intense and well worth being told. Too few people really understand how these amazing dogs can change lives, and that assistance animals ...more
I listened to this book in the car. Usually I do not gravitate to military stories but this was a recommendation from our librarian. I loved it. It was a hard story to hear, a veteran Army Captain from Iraq, his injuries and experience during his two tours of duty. The author is certainly a courageous man who gave his account in a balanced way. His relationship with his service dog Tuesday is incredible. I cried pretty hard at the end. Tuesday's best help for him is supporting Luis through his d ...more
OK,, I can't help myself, but I read this book a while back from my local library, I couldn't put it down and told all my family , dog lovers ,, to read it, I think Luis brings this dog right in your house to pet, that is a story, that inspires you , no matter what your afflictions are, ( ps,, I know) to endure life and go on and no matter what ,, to never give up, animals really have a instict of how we feel and are amazing at helping people,, I have had Bouvier's , muts, now Weimaraners,, very ...more
This book is one example of the many reasons I belong to my book club. I would probably not have run into this book on my own and am very glad it was suggested and selected for this month. It's an amazing and heart wrenching story that needs to be repeated over and over for all our veterans. Wrenching in the details of what war does to our service people and a reminder that not all wounds leave scars that are visible as well as a testament to the valuable role of service animals and the love of ...more
This is a true story about a soldier who suffered several injuries including a traumatic brain injury in Iraq and since coming home has had problems with PTSD. This is also the story about his service dog Tuesday and the incredible journey they have both traveled. My favorite part was the first part that explained how they train these dogs to be service dogs and the incredible difference they make in people's lives. It was also a reminder of the MANY men and women who wear the soldier's uniform ...more
I'm not exactly sure how it happened in December of 2012, but a search for a new book led me to something that was definitely a life-changer. As I looked at various book covers, I found myself drawn to one featuring the beautiful face of a Golden retriever. And then I saw the dog tags he held in his mouth. And then I read the title and heading. I knew this was a book I would want to read, but little did I know what reading this story would do to change my life. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan has gr ...more
I couldn't set this book down. I read the whole thing while on a flight to Las Vegas. I think I experienced every possible emotion while reading. I fell in love with Tuesday, who really is the star of the show. This book really gives a whole new perspective on the healing powers of animals. And to see how far Luis has come and the battles he has faced gives you a whole new appreciation of life and a brand new perspective on the obstacles of life.
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LUIS CARLOS MONTALVÁN is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and advocate. TUESDAY is Montalván's beloved service dog and the recipient of the 2013/14 American Kennel Club (AKC) Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) - Service Dog.

A 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Captain Montalván served multiple tours abroad and was decorated with numerous awards including two B
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