“Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me–even the straight, stiff way I carry myself–that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren’t just pride, and that Tuesday isn’t just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object–a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door–any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn’t my pet; he’s my service dog.”
Join us at the Main Library to hear Captain Montalvan discuss his book Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him and educate the public about the trauma and real experiences of veterans and people with disabilities. He will discuss issues relating to service members, veterans and their families. Montalvan is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, including multiple tours in Iraq, and an advocate for persons with disabilities. He and his service dog Tuesday will be available for a book signing and photos after the presentation. Copies of his book will also be available for purchase.
A special thanks to the Friends of the Grand Rapids Public Library for providing funding for this event.
Wednesday, May 1 — 7 pm — Main Library