In July 2011 I reviewed a book called Until Tuesday – A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan. It is one of the best books I have ever read about a wounded warrior and his service dog. What made it even more special to me was that I had gone to Winston Churchill High School with the author.
I recently took the opportunity to go see Luis and meet Tuesday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. What a wonderful afternoon to catch up with a man and his dog! We hadn’t seen each other in 21 years and it was like old times. I appreciate Luis and Tuesday taking some time before his presentation to chat for a few minutes with my mother and I. I also sincerely hope it isn’t another 21 years before we have the opportunity to catch up and laugh together. C-Span was there recording his presentation,Be sure to take 20 minutes and listen to what Luis and Tuesday have to say! You can check it out this link here: Until Tuesday. (That is my mom and I in the front row in front of Tuesday)
One of the most interesting aspects of the presentation was being able to watch how Tuesday helped Luis through his speech. Although Tuesday wanted to come say hi to all the people, he was so in tune with Luis’ emotions and reactions. Service Dogs aren’t pets, they are an extension of the people they are working for. It was very apparent that Tuesday and Luis were more then a team, they were brothers.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning more about the power of healing a service dog can provide, the strength of will of one of our own wounded warriors, and the amazing bond between human and dog. It will make you cry…and it will make you laugh…it will make you appreciate our Service Men and Women…and it will make you go hug your dog.
To learn more about service dogs for wounded warriors, check out these groups:
ECAD– Educated Canines Assisting With Disabilities (the group that trained Tuesday)
Semper Fido– The Mission of Semper Fido’s program is to unite wounded warriors suffering with PTSD with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. (the group Renée works with on occasion and strongly supports)
And if you don’t already know about them, check out Wounded Warrior Project.