I don’t often read nonfiction.
Sometimes I do, when the topic intrigues me or the title is interesting.
But most of the time, when I read nonfiction, it’s because it’s about a dog.
I’ve read my fair share of fiction animal stories–a good amount of them about dogs. They’re some of my favorite animals, and the one animal story that I rated five stars was Garth Stein’s THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, which is about a dog.
Very recently, I finished reading these two dog books:
And I was impressed.
I think I liked UNTIL TUESDAY better, but they were both great, heartwarming, informative reads. These books are about hope, encouragement and suffering. These books are written with brutal honesty, UNTIL TUESDAY especially. I laughed and smiled as I read these books and I highly encourage them for dog lovers.
Both great books.
“We aren’t just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren’t made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed.”
A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.
Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, blessing many lives; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being—until Luis.
Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how together they healed each other’s souls.
From Baghdad, With Love
Snuffle. Clickclickclick. Snuffleclick.
An insurgent strapping a bomb to his chest ?
They should have prepped the room first with a grenade – tossed it in and just let it do all the dirty work. Instead, for reasons still obscured by war and fear and things just destined to be, they backed up to the walls on either side of the doorway and positioned their weapons to fire.
They thrust the guns around the corner, squared off, and zeroed in on the clicks as their target rushed to the other side of the room.
The puppy turned at the sound of their voices and stated at them.
He cocked his head trying to interpret their intent rather than their words.
“You gotta be kidding.”
Then he yipped, wagged his tail, and clicked his toenails on the floor as he pranced up and down in place, happy it seemed someone had found him at last.
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pg count for UNTIL TUESDAY: h, 252
pg count for FROM BAGHDAD, WITH LOVE: h, 196