The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust At Ground Zero
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Don’t panic. That might seem easy for me to say since I can’t see the flames, smoke, and debris out the window like David. Here’s the blind guy telling him to do something contrary to what his eyes and his instincts are telling him. I have a good imagination and I understand what’s going on as much as anyone else could understand such an unexpected and catastrophic event.
But what David doesn’t understand is that I have a piece of information he does not have. When the debris began to fall and the flames leaped out of the floors above us, and even while the people in the conference room screamed, Roselle sat next to me as calm as ever. She does not sense any danger in the flames, smoke, or anything else that is going on around us. If she had sensed danger, she would have acted differently. But she does not. I choose to trust Roselle’s judgment and so I will not panic. Roselle and I are a team.
We direct our guests to evacuate using the stairwell and I ask David to go with them to make sure they find the stairs. While he’s gone, I call Karen. “There’s been an explosion of some sort. We’re okay, but we’re leaving the building now.” She’s anxious, so I keep my voice calm. “David, Roselle, and I are together. We’re going to take the stairs.” I tell her I will call again as soon as possible but I have to go.
David returns and we set to work shutting down our computer servers and demo libraries. At this point, we have no idea what has happened and when we’ll be allowed back in and we want to protect our data. I figure if firefighters are going to come in with fire hoses, it’s best if we cut the power to minimize water damage. However, we get anxious and abandon this idea because it’s taking too long to move each piece of equipment to reach the individual power plugs. The minutes we save by deciding to leave now turn out to be important later.
It’s time to leave. I strap on my briefcase and clutch Roselle’s harness. “Forward,” I say, softly.
Forward is used when setting off with the dog in harness and it’s one of the very first commands all Guide Dogs are taught when training begins. You stand with your left foot out alongside the dog first, then synchronize the verbal command “forward” with the forward hand-signal, a short forward motion with the right hand. You wait for the dog to start pulling and when you feel the pull on the harness handle, you take the first step with your right foot.
We move out as one and Roselle guides me carefully through the debris. She stays calm and focused even with things falling on top of her. David, Roselle, and I walk quickly out of the office and head out into the central corridor. People are running around. There is confusion, smoke, and noise.
Excerpt from THUNDER DOG : The True Story Of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, And The Triumph Of Trust At Ground Zero by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory. Copyright ©2011 by Michael Hingson. Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson. Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.
Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory, transcends one of our country’s darkest days to bring us a story of unwavering faith—in God and in a guide dog whose loyalty saved the lives of so many.
12:30 a.m., 9/11: Roselle whimpered at Michael’s bedside. A storm was coming and Roselle sensed it while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was “on the clock” nothing fazed her. But without her harness, she was free to be scared. Roselle nudged Michael’s hand with her wet nose.
With a busy day ahead, Michael got out of bed and went to his home office. Roselle settled at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications, it was going to be a busy, but normal, day.
Until they went to the office in the World Trade Center, where their lives were changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs.
When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom swept through Michael’s office. Shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the window—and their amazing journey of faith began.
As you walk down those 1,463 stairs with Michael, Roselle and the others, your own heart fills with the faith that got them through that terrible—yet wonderfully miraculous—day.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson ( August 02, 2011 )
Item #: 13-387536
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.625inches
Product Weight: 11.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Was dissapointed...stopped reading 3/4 way. By the title one would think the story is about "his dog" and their bond as they descended the stairs. Instead it was a biography about the author that took centerstage in this read.
I found this book to be very informative about the proper etiquette towards blind individuals and their guide animals. It told of the heroic actions of the the guide dog Roselle and also provided the story of a remarkable individual who was blinded as an infant. I think this book should be required reading.
I enjoyed the book and I also persuaded my husband to read it. He has not been much of "reader" until recently. He did not like the book as much as I did. I will be reviewing it for our church book group in March. I would have liked to have Michael's biography placed together, rather than having to go back and forth to the other story. Overall a good and inspirational book. He really is an amazing person.
I loved the story very well write he did so much for blind man the dog was wounderful throw out the hole 9-11 thing it felt like you were with them throw the hole whole book i loved it
Thunder Dog is not only a heart warming story,that you don't want to put down,but a very informative one!!It was so well written that I felt like I was there,with them.Of everything I have seen or read about 9-11 this book gave me the best insight of that day.Its a book that you will think about frequently and that you want everyone to read !!!!
Reviewer: Cheryl Y