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

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  6,926 Ratings  ·  987 Reviews
During two tours in Iraq, Captain Luis Montalván survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three fractured vertebrae. The pressures of his physical injuries, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD proved more than he could endure. That's when he met Tuesday, a highly trained service dog who became his constant companion.

Until Tuesday tells the unforgettable story of ho
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Hardcover, 306 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rhonda L. Greetings, fellow "Tuesday" fans. I also have read this book twice now. I found it to be even more amazing the second time around. As not only a dog…moreGreetings, fellow "Tuesday" fans. I also have read this book twice now. I found it to be even more amazing the second time around. As not only a dog lover, but also the Widow of a Career United States Air Force Member who died Active Duty, this book spoke to me and touched me is SO many ways...I can't even begin to convey the impact it had on me. I have some GREAT "updated" news with regard to a new " adult" book by Luis. The title is "Since Tuesday: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives". The publication date is set for May 9, 2017 by Hatchette Books. I have just now been notified that I am one of only 20 VERY Lucky Winners of a print copy of this new book from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway ending April 18, 2017. Excited? You have NO idea! The only negative aspect is that I have just now also learned of Luis Carlos Montalvan's having passed away in December, 2016. It was noted in the synopsis of this most recent (and, sadly his last) book that he took his own life. And I quote, "As this stirring memoir neared publication, Luis Montalvan took his own life in December, 2016, another terrible tragedy of the invisible wounds of war. This book is his last letter of love to his best friend, Tuesday, and to veterans, readers, friends and fellow dog lovers everywhere." I wept...(less)
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Leland
Jul 15, 2011 Leland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Taz Tom
Aug 03, 2012 Taz Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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♥ Sandi
3.5 stars

This story was not what I expected. I was looking for a good dog story, and I got that, however it came with the remembrance of military life and two tours in Iraq. This story covers a period of time that my own grandson was also in the Army, in Baghdad, at the same time as Captain Montalvan. Almost quitting this novel at that point, I trudged on. And I am happy that I did.
This is a difficult journey to companionship for both soldier and dog. Through ups and downs, the ignorance of the
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Gregory Lamb
Feb 22, 2013 Gregory Lamb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brenda
May 31, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Snow
Jan 22, 2013 Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog
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
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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
Angel
Aug 14, 2012 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mfbirkett
Apr 11, 2015 Mfbirkett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Having already reviewed Montalvan's children's book, "Tuesday Tucks Me In," his account for adults of how this golden retriever service dog transformed his life following his tours of duty in the U.S. Army will elicit gratitude from and foster patriotism among Americans who enjoy freedom won by our armed forces and their loyal canine helpers. Although Capt. Montalvan (US Army retired) could have given up on life, his furry friend made it possible for him to return to a life of purpose and accomp
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Jen
Jan 16, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
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!!
Ryan Feikle
Aug 04, 2014 Ryan Feikle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Denise
Jul 11, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Gerald
Jun 18, 2015 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book just when those a-holes in Yulin, China were murdering hundreds of dogs. That place is an abomination.

This is an amazing memoir full of honesty from a physically and psychologically wounded Iraq War veteran and the service dog that helped him heal from his head injury and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The author shares his experiences in the Iraq War: the violence, the corruption, but also rays of sunshine and hope like the honest and competent
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Jenny
Jul 14, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
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
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Rosemary
May 28, 2011 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan
A very unique story about a highly decorated Army Captain and Iraq vet whose disability led him to acquiring a service dog, Tuesday. My sister and her husband have service dogs so I am well aware of the pitfalls and problems they've had entering business establishments and restaurants with their animals and applaude Motalvan for every effort he's made to educate the public, the majority of whom remain ignorant as to what a service dog is and how important that dog is to it's person. As to Montal ...more
Beth Beckwith
Jun 02, 2013 Beth Beckwith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-via-audio
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.
Raquel
Jun 24, 2013 Raquel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Becky Dartnall
May 04, 2014 Becky Dartnall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bethany
Jul 16, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly
Aug 09, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-stories
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
Juanita Rockhill
AN AMAZING READ

Brutally honest and ruthlessly unapologetic, Montalvan recounts many of the combat experiences that haunt him still. Driven to find a way out of hopelessness and despair, he is introduced to his amazing service dog, Tuesday, who has been through his own version of hell. Extremely informative, Montalvan's writing draws the reader into his existence where one cannot help but applaud both man and dog for what each has become for the other.
Tedgavin
May 10, 2011 Tedgavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Judy
May 11, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aileen
May 24, 2012 Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first saw Until Tuesday at a public library and what drew me to it was the expressive face and smiling eyes of the dog on the cover. I have loved golden retrievers ever since I got one in 2006. Now, I love them even more because of Tuesday. If you are not a dog lover, you will become one, after reading this. This is the kind of book that you cannot put down. It is a story of the triumph of the spirit - man's and dog's. Luis is an excellent storyteller. In the book, he details the highs and low ...more
Janelle
Jun 16, 2012 Janelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christa
May 11, 2011 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy
May 30, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Montalván has gr ...more
Abby
Dec 22, 2011 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 cause....love 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
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  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog
  • From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava
  • Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family
  • One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand - An Inspiring True Story
  • Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs
  • Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou
  • Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills
  • A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life
  • Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary
  • Bad Dog: A Love Story
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
  • The Dog Who Rescues Cats: True Story of Ginny
  • Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned From Pets Who Were Left Behind
  • Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family - and a Whole Town - About Hope and Happy Endings
  • Pukka: The Pup After Merle
  • Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World
  • The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
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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 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 Bronze St
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“Moments of quiet friendship are what make life-everyone's life-grand” 71 likes
“This is who I am. I am loving but wounded, and I need someone to take me as I am.” 47 likes
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