Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Paperback - 2011
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Faith.  Trust.  Triumph.

"I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." ? Michael Hingson

First came the boom'the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001?what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.

Blind since birth, Michael couldn't see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team.

Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.

It's the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illumiates Hingson's lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world, and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2011.
ISBN: 9781400203048
Characteristics: xx, 232 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Flory, Susy 1965-
King, Larry 1933-


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Jan 20, 2019

Loved this book! And for sure deepens my appreciation for guide dogs and their amazing loyalty. Clearly this man survived 9/11 so that he could share his story from his own unique perspective, really just fascinating the whole way through.

Jul 25, 2016

A very inspirational story. I was fascinated by his account of being inside the World Trade Center on 9/11 and of his life growing up blind. Great book!

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2013

"Michael Hingson, a blind man who worked on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center's Tower One, was just getting to know his new guide dog, Roselle, when airliners crashed into the towers on September 11, 2001. Even though Michael and Roselle hadn't been together for very long, Michael completely trusted her as they walked down 1,463 stairs, counting all the way. As they went, the pair helped other people remain calm." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter

JCLJakeE Jun 05, 2013

Michael Hingson was born premature. Due to poor medical practices he suffered medically induced blindness at only a few weeks old. Michael tells his life story - the story of a blind child, growing up in a small town - learning to get around and develop in a seeing world - learning to ride bike and navigate a town he can't see; how he trained his teachers to teach him; how his parents fought legal battles over bus transportation and fought with public school officials over their desire for their boy to attend public and not special schools; the importance of how blind persons and guide dogs are introduced to one another; and the training and practice that is followed to ensure they live a happy life - the whole thing is amazing to learn about and to be provided with such insight - and everything is laid out during moments of reflection as Michael tells the overarching story of survival - that he was on the 79th floor of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit and it was thanks to a guide dog named Rochelle that he made it out alive. An excellent read for people interested topics of: growing up blind in America, for animal lovers, for people interested in heartwarming stories, for people interest in stories of survival, and for people interested in personal accounts of 9/11.

ginnyglosner May 24, 2013

Outstanding book. I read a lot of books and this one made my "A" list. A true story - I learned a lot about guide dogs, courage and dedication. No 'dry' time in this one.

Aug 17, 2012

Very easy to read, although the recollections of that day are horrific, the author breaks it up with flash backs during his early years with his guide dogs. Great read for animal lovers.

May 11, 2012

A heartwarming story about a blind man and his seeing eye dog, but also an amazing tale of how they escaped from one of the Twin Towers on 9/11.


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