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Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
May 23, 2011 @ 12:00 am
About the Authors – Luis Carlos Montalván is a seventeen-year veteran and former captain in the U.S. Army, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. Montalván's writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The International Herald Tribune (among others), and NPR, CBS, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, National Geographic, and Democracy Now! have all featured his amazing personal tale. Montalván earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he is currently completing another master's in strategic communications.
Bret Witter has collaborated on many acclaimed books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Dewey and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
About the Book – A heartwarming true dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, transforms a former soldier's life forever
"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."