Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400204724
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 56,142
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction xvii

The Real Story

1 Day of Thunder 1

2 1,463 Stairs 5

3 My Other Soul Mate 15

4 Hearing the Coffee Table 31

5 Kicked off the Bus 47

6 Driving in the Dark 63

7 Warriors with Guide Dogs 79

8 I Forgot You Are Blind 93

9 Running with Roselle 107

10 We Are Pretty Much Just Like You 121

11 Woman on Wheels 137

12 A Brush and a Booda Bone 151

13 Shake Off the Dust 167

14 It's All Worth It 175

Acknowledgments 179

Timeline for September 11, 2001 183

The Courtesy Rules for Blindness 191

Blindness: A Left-Handed Dissertation by Kenneth Jernigan 193

Resources for Blindness 205

Notes 211

Glossary of Terms Related to Blindness 215

For Further Reading 229

About the Authors 231

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    A New Look Inside 9-11

    Each tower has three stairwells. We head for Stairwell B, in the center. Safety is somewhere down below and 1,463 stairs are the only way out.
    ~ Michael Hingson

    Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory is an autobiography of the author and his service guide dog and companion, Roselle. This touching and heartwarming story is different in scope than most books about September 11, 2001 and will forever change your spirit and perspective of this tragic day.

    Roselle is afraid of thunderstorms. The author had been up with his dog throughout the previous night during the thunder and lightning, but woke and went to work, September 11, 2001. When one of the hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center's north tower, Roselle was fearless.

    Michael Hingson's description of their descent to the ground level is more detailed than any sighted account I've read to this date. His senses are so alert that he vividly describes smells, sounds, and reactions from Roselle that paint pictures for the reader.

    This book is not only about 9/11, but about his life as a blind man growing up in America. Throughout his journey down the stairs of the World Trade Center, he reflects on his lifetime of learning, and relates how he used that stored knowledge to his advantage in this situation.

    I learned little known information that happened on the inside of the WTC, until the printing of this story. My favorite part was the author sharing how God spoke to his heart and mind during this ordeal, calming and bring peace to his soul. I also learned about service dog training and how they are literally partners with their masters. This book concludes with a wealth of useful information including: a timeline for Sept. 11, 2001,
    10 Courtesy Rules For Blindness, Blindness: A Left-handed Dissertation by Kenneth Jernigan, many resources for blindness, and a glossary on terms related to blindness.
    You will be captivated how Michael Hingson and Roselle depended on each other and God to live through this day.

    41 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Amazing Courage

    Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson is the true story of his escape from the World Trade Center on September 11th with the help of his faithful guide dog Roselle. This story was so inspiring, and so amazing that I must recommend it to everyone!
    The detailed account of their descent from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks, while amazing, is not the heart of the story. The story of how Michael Hingson overcame blindness to do things that a sighted person wouldn't imagine possible for a blind man is truly what makes this book great. The obstacles he has overcome and the accessibility that he helped pioneer for the blind community is awe-inspiring.

    This book made me think of blindness in an entirely new way. The limitations that so many sighted people place on blind people are really our own limitations. Reading about the work and training of the guide dogs was also very interesting. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Learning how to interact with others who have blindness is the best thing I took away from this book. Every person should read this and learn from this story! They will learn what courage really looks like!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze .com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    A moving and touching read

    Thunder Dog is a book that is like no other! It is a true story of man who is blind, his guide dog, and ground zero. It is written by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory and published by Thomas Nelson. Anything about ground zero hits close to home for me as my husband is a firefighter. Reading this book, opened my eyes even more than I could have thought.
    Thanks to this wonderful seeing eye dog, and the courage both dog and owner had, they were both able to walk out of the tower when the first plane hit. Going down the stairs with a calmness that helped others in the process of it all.
    This truly is a heartfelt story, and I recommend it to any dog lover, firefighter, emergency responder and family of anyone involved in emergency response or the terror that took place on that fateful day. I am a huge animal lover, and I know their capabilities. To read the bravery and sincerity of this dog, along with it's loyalty to it's owner really moves me. This book is an A+ read!!!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Amazing story

    Every life lost on 9/11 was a treasure we will never recover but as I read Michael's story, I could not believe what an unimaginable loss of knowledge and experience in human factor design for the blind community would have gone with him if he had not made it out of the Twin Towers that day. You must read this story. It is so multi-faceted. Very well done. (I did not receive a complimentary copy of the book - I purchased it on my own.)

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Lilly

    I think that this book is an amazing story. This story really touches my heart. I compared thunder to my dogs and my dogs are nothing like thunder

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Thunder Dog: A Review

    Thanks for Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program, I received a free copy of Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory for review purposes. I got it a few days ago and devoured it in very short order. The book is Mr. Hingson's account of his experience as a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade center in September of 2001. He worked on the 78th floor of the first tower to be hit, and the bulk of the story is about his journey down the stairs, guided by his guide dog Roselle.

    It's a great story bu itself, but made much more interesting by interspersed glimpses in the life of the author, starting as a child whose parents refused to send to a special school for the blind. They insisted he live as normal a life as possible, which sounds great in theory, but a little scary in practice. For example, they let him ride a bike as a kid. A blind boy was allowed to ride a bicycle throughout the neighborhood. using his sense of where obstacles should be to guide him and keep him from harm's way.

    As a whole, the story works. It's moving, exciting, heartwarming, heart-tugging, and powerful.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Liked, but a bit too religious sometimes

    I thought that this was pretty good, but to be honest I skipped the last 30 pages or so, as it was sort of confusing for me. It did a lot of jumping around towards the end, from Michael to his wife to somebody comparing a blind person to left handed people (was that Michael or someone else explaining I still don't know!)

    It's pretty moving as a book and I have a lot of respect for the guide dog and man in the book. I also have a new understanding of blind people, which I appreciate.

    BUT, and while I understand the author had a near death experience and is deeply religious, and I wouldn't of minded a little insight of this; I felt there was too much. Not that it was preachy so much, as I just didn't feel it was needed, and took away from the real story in my mind. When it started quoting psalms, it really withdrew me from the book, and from there to the end, I wasn't so into it.

    Glad I read it, and the beginning was very good, but because I skipped pages at the end, I couldn't give it five stars.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Wow

    Couldnt put it down one of the most fascinating books i have ever read very highly reccomended

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Informative and enlightening but not exciting

    Thunder Dog is no page turner. It is well written and enlightening as a book describing the life a blind man is capable of living; in that sense, it opened my mind to a new way of viewing the blind. However, I was disappointed that the description of the author's experience on 9/11 was not more dramatic. In fact, the escape from the tower with the help of his guide dog is only a small part of the book, being interrupted frequently by stories of the author's birth, childhood, education and employment and the history of technology that aids the blind. However, if you have an interest in guide dogs, getting a peek into the everyday life of a blind man or you are looking for a motivational biography of a man with a can-do attitude, you may like it. Look elsewhere to read about 9/11.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Thunder Dog

    This book is about a blind man namead michael hingston and his guide dog, roselleand how they escaped the north tower (tower1) in the world trade center on9/11 2001. This is the greatest book i have ever read in my whole life. One of the reasons i love this book is that it tells you about michaels past and how it was.to be born blind. I highly recommend this amazing true stry to everyone weather you are young or old boy or girl, this book is perfect for everyone. :-)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Awsome book...made me cry

    This book will make you cry

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Amazing!

    Such a good book... For all ages! My 10-year-old dauter loved it, too. This author has beautiful writing, I feel sooo connected to the characters. I totally recommend this to anyone and everyone. I guarentee you will enjoy, it is not a waste of dough at all!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book

    This book is the best book ive read in my life even though im 9 years old!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesomeness!

    My classmates at school recomennded the book. The first couple of pages are boring but as you go on it gets better.

    Cio from Jallo

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Amazing!!!

    Amazing!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    This book is amazing, though by the 2nd paragraph on page 2 I wa

    This book is amazing, though by the 2nd paragraph on page 2 I was crying. Michael Hingson is a person that everyone needs to know. It's a story about Michael and his Guide Dogs. It talks about 9/11 and his heroing escape from the North Tower, with Roselle, his then Guide Dog at his side. You can't put this book down and be prepared for tears. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a true story about an amazing man and his Guide Dog! Thank you Michael for sharing your story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    I really liked this book alot. It opened my eyes to the life of

    I really liked this book alot. It opened my eyes to the life of a person with a guide dog and it also gave me a new perspective to being blind. When I read a book, I always want to learn something and/or learn a new perspective. This met that need. Roselle and Michael bonded like no other relationship I have experienced and the horrific acts of 9/11 showed that. I also appreciated Michael's challenges he has had to encounter in his life and what a difference a parent can make in the attitude/success of a child. I recommend this book - even with the tragedy surrounding what this book illustrates, it still makes you hopeful and energized to keep going "forward".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    Thunder Dog is the best book I was born on 9/11/01 so it was even more special for me to read. You should read it. You will enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Entertaining and eye-opening

    Great true story of personal experience within the tragic happenings of the terror attack on 9-11. I gained new respect for the way blind people live their lives, and how their guide dogs help them to function.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Informative

    Very informative on blindness, adaptations in the world and laws. Very heartfelt account of surviving 9/11 and the love of service dog Roselle. By the title, I thought there would be more about Roselle, the dog, rather than the blind history, but overall a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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