Thursday, April 7, 2011
The next post in Readers Heart Animals Month is a review of an upcoming memoir featuring a brave soldier and his faithful service dog. I finished it in no time because I was so caught up in this story. I read about a lot of things that growing up with a veteran of Korea I had seen before. For me, I was able to connect with this book through the reading, the story of Luis, and of course Tuesday. I laughed and I cried and I was interested in reading this Luis's point of view on things. If you enjoy memoirs or dog stories then this may be one to check out. I thoroughly enjoyed it. About The Book: (From Amazon) A heartwarming true dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, transforms a former soldier's life forever Excerpt: "Tuesday combines a golden retriever's innate playfulness and bouncy exuberance with a noble bearing and seriousness of purpose. But it is not his beautiful coat, or even his regal attitude, that attract the stares. Tuesday has an extraordinarily expressive face. He has sensitive, almost sad eyes, but they are more than offset by his big goofy smile. He can't pass anyone without flashing them a sly look with those eyes, as if to say, sorry, I'd love to play, but I'm working. He just makes a connection; he 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." **Review copy provided by publisher. I received no monetary compensation for this post.