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Thunder Dog: The True Story of Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
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.
|Title: Thunder Dog: The True Story of Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero|
By: Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW204724
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Faith. Trust. Triumph.
Im 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 puppys name was Roselle. On September 11, 2001, she saved Michaels life. This is Roselles story too.
From the Introduction
Every moment in Michael Hingsons and Roselles lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centers 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 couldnt 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 Roselles 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 Hingsons 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.
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 eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Thunder Dog. She lives in California and is the director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.
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