Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Biography: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

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

Author: Michael Hingson, Larry King, Susy Flory

Michael Hingson, blind from birth, survived the tragic events of 911 in the Twin Towers. With his guide dog, Roselle, he escaped his office on the 78th story, lending support and confidence to those who surrounded him in the horrendous descent. This account alternates the story of that day with the challenges Michael faced in overcoming the bias against him as a blind person. His parents refused to “send him away” and rather encouraged him and supported him in his life-long mission to lead a normal and fulfilling life.

Michael and Roselle's story gives the reader a unique perspective on the attack of September 11, 2001 from the point of view of a survivor, while changing your outlook on what a person with a disability is able to achieve.

Michael now works for the Guide Dog for the Blind in San Rafael, California as a public relations representative. He travels around the country, sharing his story and touting the importance of team work, a trait that help him and his companions survive on that eventful day.

To learn more about Michael, check out his website and video at

And for more about Roselle, who died in June, 2010, read her story at  Be sure you have some tissues with you.


Unknown said...

Dogs have special ability and they are angels when it comes to tragedy.

Thanks for the beautiful review,

911 is an event everyone can not forget.

excellent Job,

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto said...

Ji, thanks for posting this. I don't know how to schedule correctly. V

alberta ross said...

haven't read this story but I know guide dogs here in UK my sister is awaiting her 3rd now - and major events aside these dogs have given her life - without them I am sure she would have shriveled - she strides into her 70s with confidence and self assurance - wonderful dogs

Canada said...

The blind courage of not knowing the unknown, how close life could end with a wrong turn.. friendship, trust, pulling strenght from within, god and your best friend your guide dog. A Wow read, true story.