Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

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

Large Print - 2011
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At 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 Roselle whimpered at Michael Hingson¿s bedside. When the trained guide dog was ¿on the clock nothing could faze her. But without her harness she was free to be scared of the coming thunderstorm. The two had a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead. A normal day. Until they went to the office. In Thunder Dog follow Michael and Roselle as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410441300
Branch Call Number: LP B HINGSON
Characteristics: 329 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Flory, Susy 1965-


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Apr 25, 2019

This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. One of those books that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Michael Hingson takes the reader on an unforgettable journey, starting with the extremely sad account of how he and many other babies became blind through ignorance. He tells the story of his fascinating childhood, then on into adulthood and his marvelous guide dog. The account of the events of 9-11 from Hingson's point of view is gripping to say the least. Having been together for 21 months, Hingson and his dog, Roselle, were bonded together in love and trust. Because Hingson trusted Roselle, she saved his life that day. This is an engrossing tale which I found hard to put down. In the end, I cried, and went out and bought the book for a place of honor on my shelf.

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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