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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust Paperback – 11 Jul 2012
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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.
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Micheal's background is integrated into the story of his flight from the Tower. He was raised by parents who made few concessions to his blindness. For example, though totally blind, he was allowed to bicycle freely in his small California town of Palmdale. He had a panoply of hobbies. He went on through conventional high school and on to University of California at irvine, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics.
Michael's wife, paraplegic from birth, is another impressive person in this story. Theirs is a marriage to admire.
As over a thousand other reviewers have attested here, this is an inspiring book, well worth reading.
Congratulations, too, to Michael's co-author...you've collaborated to write a wonderful testament to human and canine courage.
Roselle's story is powerful and compelling. While Hingson's writing style may not be perfect, he tells the details as he remembers them. Some other reviewers say the story isn't so much about the dog. Ok - that's true, to an extent. But as the author himself states, you have to understand his life story to know how he came to be in the twin towers that day; and then you better appreciate how the events unfolded around him. You can practically feel yourself in the tower stairwell with him as his dog helps guide him - and others - out of the building.
Most people don't know how much time, effort, and training it takes to make a service dog, and the percentage of dogs that make it successfully through training. This book helps people appreciate service dogs more, not just for their unselfish behavior in times of crisis, but their day-to-day support of those who need them most. Hopefully, it also gets people to understand that service dogs are not so much "pets" as they are "working dogs", constantly on-call for their beloved owners.
This was the first book I've read on 9/11 that gave an account of what it was like walking down the stairs of the Towers that day and being outside when they fell. Roselle was an amazing dog!
Thank you, Michael, for writing this book.
This story is insightful, inspirational and brings such educated awareness regarding the blind and the training of a Guide Dog.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read from beginning to end. Informative, encouraging, educational, compassionate, trustworthy, loving and insurmountable bonding from the physical aspect to the emotional as well as the instinctive. ..
I would have loved to have given MICHAEL HINSON AND ROSELLE
10 GOLD STARS OF EXCELLENCE. ..