Thunder Dog

The true story of a guide dog, a blind man and their escape from Ground Zero.

The true story of a guide dog, a blind man and their escape from Ground Zero.

Co-authored by Susy Flory, readers follow Michael Hingson and his yellow Labrador Retriever, Roselle, in a firsthand, moment-by-moment account of not only what it was like to be inside the World Trade Center when Tower One was struck, but of each painstaking step between the 78th floor and survival on the streets below moments before the tower collapsed just yards away.  

“On one level, this is a book about the events of 9/11, but it is so much more than that,” said Brian Hampton, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Publishers. “It’s a beautiful story of trust and courage, an exploration of the unique bond between humans and animals. It leaves the reader inspired and full of hope.”

A cum laude graduate of the University of California with a master’s degree in physics, Hingson has never been one to let blindness slow him down.  A national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign he recently launched “Roselle’s Dream Foundation,” to assist blind children – and later blind adults – in obtaining new technologies.

Roselle, who suffered a number of ailments through the years believed to be have been brought on by the ingestion of the toxic dust generated by the destruction of the towers – passed away June 26, 2011.  Roselle won Guide Dog of the year in the 2011 American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog Awards and is now a finalist for their Hero Dog of the Year Award.

The story of their amazing descent through the Twin Towers is a book not to be missed.

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