If you care about our veterans and if you care about animals, you must read this book. I chose to listen to it in audible form, told by Captain Montalvan himself. Would that every wounded soul could have a dog like Tuesday; the world would certainly be a better place.
My overall feeling for this book is bittersweet ...or sweet and sour. The times that Luis is talking about his war experiences, his life after Iraq, and all the political portions are all pretty bitter...for him and the listener too. The times he is talking about Tuesday are all very redemptive and sweet. Both portions are interesting but the experiences with Tuesday are what really keeps you going. It is almost a vicarious experience of the PTSD Luis experiences. You feel like you want to cut your throat at some points in the book and other times you just want to cry and hug Tuesday for being such a great dog. I guess what I am trying to say is that this book will really pull you in to Captan Montalvan's world, both the good and bad. In the end it is a real roller-coaster with the ups and downs but it is definitely a worthwhile journey.
It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.
The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.
I was hoping / expecting this to be a great book about a dog trained for therapy and it's helping of a victim of some disabling condition. As the book progressed, I was put off by the author's (a self professed patriot) continual dissing of or government's policies regarding our involvement in the middle east. His putting down of the two Bush administrations and how happy he was that Obama was elected clued me into his program. Leave your political views out of your manuscripts. I don't care how great your book may have turned out. I will never know (or care) because you totally incensed me with your political viewpoint.
Though I do not agree with the author's politics. I found the story heart warming and I am very grateful that the author got the help he deserves for bravely serving our country.
I am ashamed as an American in the way the VA, and the DOD treat our Veterans. I believe they deserve healthcare for life at no cost. Society has an obligation to help those that serve the greater.
I recommend this book if you like dogs and winning through adversity.
Tuesday, of course
Not unless it was about him and his relationship with Tuesday. Luis is not a professional narrator and was occasionally hard to understand. However, telling this story jn his own voice was important and added substantially to my understanding of his situation and his relationship with Tuesday
This helped me gain a much deeper appreciation for the struggles that vets have in returning to society, what it is like to have PTSD, and how service dogs are important in helping the vets rehabilitate
I knew Luis and Tuesday's story before I read the book since I work in the VA. Being a veteran made the story more personal for me, which always makes it more enjoyable.
Tuesday, of course! The dog always wins!
No, I have not. I did not know he had others.
I was fine either way.
This is a great story that I can share with my colleagues at work who train service dogs for veterans. Thanks for sharing you story, Luis!
I wanted to read this week because my family has raising services puppies for year! I was impressed with the honesty that author had in this book. I think it was important for the reader to better understand how much of a difference can be made in a person's life with a service dog.
I am sorry that people with service animals have to deal with other ideas on the value of your partner (the dog). ADA has been in effect for over 25 years and we still haven't leveled the playing field to aid our disabled citizens. The authors point on the amount of injured vets and the effects of TBI are something that our society needs to be more aware of and address. Our vets need to be honored and cared for. We owe them our freedom and they do deserve accountability for their leaders actions!
Amazing from.start to finish. I never understood what training service dogs go through. Good boy Tuesday. Thank you for your service and sharing Tuesday Luis.