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.
Learned a lot from Carlos's experiences. He presents a side of the war and of disabled persons experienced that many of us were not aware of. I'd recommend this book to anyone able to have an open mind about the War and also to our Vets suffering from PTSD. It also briefly brings to the forefront the issues all of our disabled folks - with and without service dogs face on a daily basis.
The book is sometimes a bit rambling and sometimes political. But I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to put their preconceived notions aside and have there mind opened to the real experiences of one of our noble Vets, the challenges our brave soldiers face and the amazing service that these specially trained dogs offer.
I sooo loved this book. It's the story of two lost souls finding each other. Luis, an Iraq war veteran suffering from severe PTSD. Then there is Tuesday, a beautiful retriever who was being trained as a service dog and was suffering from being left behind one too many times. I've heard of PTSD but never really understood it, until this book, it is really life crippling. When Luis and Tuesday became partners both of their lives changed. Having Luis narrate his own book is such a plus, the feelings he puts into the reading are the exact way he felt at that time. Love, love, love these two.
I appreciated Luis' honest revelations about the Iraq war that could only come from a courageous and perceptive person who had been there. His personal experience with the trauma of war and the emotional hurt in losing trust in the army were very revealing. I have the feeling he is speaking for many people who cannot put their experience into words. It was shocking to hear about the discrimination toward people with service dogs. In Hawaii where I live there are often non-service dogs and cats in public establishments- there is so much aloha and recognition of the joy and connection we have with animals. What a devastating trial he went through! He is contributing to change in our culture in so many ways through this book.
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The relationship between Luis and his dog was beyond heartwarming. I also learned what it's really like being a soldier. Luis did an excellent job reading his own book , which is not always the case for authors I highly recommend this book.
Luis tells us a lot about himself, his service, the army and it's failures, more than I wanted to know. Like Luis's life, Tuesday saves, no, makes the book. As a Vletnam vet it is good to see that the treatment of returning men and women is improving. As I am sure Luis agrees though, the best part is God's great gift, Tuesday!
Mr.Montalvan is a true American hero in every sense of the word. His story is compelling and educational. Tuesday is an angel dog, one you can't help but fall in love with sight unseen. This book brings home that war is hell, even after a soldier leaves the battlefield. My only objection is there is a bit too much repetition of events. This lessened the impact of the events to a degree. I would also like to have the book to include an update on Mr. Montalvan current status. Also Tuesday's.
Hearing the author read with his careful inflection was wonderful and made it more genuine for me. I learned a great deal on PTSD and the hidden wounds of war. Knowing that working dogs are so highly trained as to monitor respiration sand racy accordingly gave me deeper respect for service dogs and those who train them. Good to hear Tuesday bark his 2 cents worth as well.