Thunder Dog: The True Story of Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero  -     By: Ken Mansfield
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Thunder Dog: The True Story of Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Paperback

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September 11, 2001 began as a normal day for Michael Hingson and his seeing-eye dog Roselle. With the help of his trusted companion, he navigated the bustling streets of New York City and began the workday at his office in Tower One of the World Trade Center. However, time would prove September 11, 2001 to be anything but a normal day.
In Thunder Dog, Michael shares his harrowing escape from the World Trade Center attacks from the unique perspective of a legally blind man. Trusting in Roselle's instincts and guidance, both dog and master survived that day. Michael also offers his outlook on living blind in a sighted society and how perseverance and hope can help us overcome obstacles and disability. Thunder Dog is an inspiring read for dog lovers or anyone facing a challenge, in need of faith, or a boost of courage.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1400204720
ISBN-13: 9781400204724
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Faith. Trust. Triumph.

“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “He is permanently and totally blind. There is nothing we can do for him.”

George and Sarah Hingson looked at each other, devastated. Their six-month-old son, Michael was a happy, strawberry blond baby boy, healthy and normal in every way except one. When the Hingsons switched on a light or made silly faces, Michael did not react. Ever. “My best suggestion is that you send him to a home for the blind,” the doctor continued. “He will never be able to do anything for himself.”

Forty-seven years later, a yellow Labrador retriever puppy was born in the whelping unit of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. The puppy’s name was Roselle. On September 11, 2001, she saved Michael’s life. This is Roselle’s story too.

—From the Introduction

Every moment in Michael Hingson’s and Roselle’s lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center’s north tower on September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet. Paired for twenty-one months, man and dog spent that time forging a bond of trust, much like police partners who trust their lives to each other.

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

Thunder Dog is a story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. It illuminates 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.

Author Bio

Michael Hingson, national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign,  is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He lives with his wife, Karen, in the San Francisco Bay Area with two guide dogs, Africa and Fantasia, and one cat, Sherlock.

Susy Flory is the author or coauthor of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Thunder Dog. Her articles have appeared in Today's Christian Woman, Enrichment Journal, Guideposts books, Kyria.com, and with Focus on the Family.

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  1. martinezsylvia09@gmail.com
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    Thunder Dog where do I begin. The book was very inspirational, I could not put it down. I am a dog lover, and my favorite dogs are Labs. It has always been a dream of mine to one day own one. After reading the book I have to get one, and soon. Well enough of that. You might be wondering about the book. The main character is Michael Hingson and of course he is blind, but you see he is not your typical idea in your head blind. Michael Hingson is a very independent man. He travels, he graduated college, and he loves technology. He is like everyone. person does. He shares with the reader his life. He gives us first peak on the challenges and triumphs of being blind. His life is very interesting. His parents treated him like his siblings and wanted no less, but his hardest to get along in this world. He did quiet well for himself. Michael Hingson shares his life when he is young all the way to the event of 9/11. As he is experiencing this terrible ordeal he draws from his memory of the events he went through. His dog Roselle by his side and working to complete the task and she does. This book is a must read. I enjoyed every page of the book. I received this book for free from Bookbub.com thank you.
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    jellybeans
    Alberta Canada
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    Quality: 5
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    This is a must read book. It sure helps to understand blind people and what they are facing.
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