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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thunder Dog

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A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.

It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael’s bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was “on the clock” nothing could faze her. But that morning, without her harness, she was free to be scared, and she nudged Michael’s hand with her wet nose as it draped over the bedside toward the floor. She needed him to wake up.
With a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead, Michael slumped out of bed, headed to his home office, and started chipping away at his daunting workload. Roselle, shivering, took her normal spot at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications it was going to be a normal day. A busy day, but normal nonetheless. Until they went into the office.

In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael’s office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.

But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.


As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it.   I’m a sucker for true stories – especially  true stories with canines as the subject matter.   And when I found out that this story also revolved around September 11th, I was hooked.

Thunder Dog is a very emotional read.   Not only does it tell the story of Roselle, a beautiful guide dog loyal to her master, it tells the story of a brave man (who also happens to be blind), and how he helped encourage others down the treacherous Stairwell B of what was Tower I in the World Trade Center. 

Michael Hingson not only escaped Tower I with his life and his guide dog; he emerged  with a new perspective on life.  I was absolutely amazed at what Mike has been able to accomplish and what a positive attitude he has along with his zest for life.   The book goes back and forth from what was actually happening on the day of 9/11 to memories of Michael’s life growing up. 

This book was so captivating, I read it one day.  

Mike’s perspective of September 11th is completely different than any others I’ve read because he tells the story from inside Tower I even before the first plane hit.  You get a better understanding of what happened that day and what was going on in the minds of those inside the chaotic World Trade Center.  Many of those trapped inside did not realize that a plane had hit their building. 

Mike’s keen senses alerted him to the smell of jet fuel and yet no one had told him at that point, what had happened.   I was amazed at what he was able to discern while all around him terror and chaos broke out.

I highly recommend this book!

This book was provided free for review through the Book Sneeze Program.

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