Furry Friends Are a Gift From God!

Luis and Tuesday furryIf you haven’t already met them, I would like to introduce you to Captain Luis Montalvan  and his service dog Tuesday. Luis is a 17 year Army war veteran serving many tours in Iraq. Luis and many of our military men and women  coming out of service  are facing PTSD. PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It happens when someone has suffered a severe trauma. A person with PTSD suffers with nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety. Luis suffered all of these and life was not easy for him. That is “Until Tuesday.” Tuesday is this gorgeous golden retriever you see pictured above. The unbreakable bond they have formed is amazing. As a mental health worker I have dealt with many people with PTSD. Luis’s book “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” gave me such insight into what a person is truly feeling during their anxiety or panic attacks that I have been much better equipped to deal with my own clients who are suffering. There is so much more to this story than I could ever share here, so I strongly encourage you to read the book, check out their website, and his Facebook page. Luis and Tuesday travel all around the country lecturing about their written work and advocacy. I have personally seen what a dog trained in just anxiety can do for a person. I had a client last summer who had one. I love dogs, I love this dog Tuesday and I love the work Luis is doing. If you want to be inspired, read about this man’s story and also the dog’s story – he has a pretty good one of his own. These two are truly inspiring, and Luis quick sense of humor and talent with a camera will definitely make you smile!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Until-Tuesday-Book-Cover furry

Enjoy!

Julie