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

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

by Michael Hingson, Susy Flory


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400204724
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 112,781
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 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.

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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