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

By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory

Faith. belief. Triumph.

“I’m sorry,” the health practitioner stated. “He is completely and absolutely blind. there's not anything we will do for him.”

George and Sarah Hingson checked out one another, devastated. Their six-month-old son, Michael was once a contented, strawberry blond child boy, fit and general in each method other than one. whilst the Hingsons switched on a mild or made foolish faces, Michael didn't react. Ever. “My top recommendation is that you just ship him to a house for the blind,” the health professional persisted. “He is simply not capable of do something for himself.”

Forty-seven years later, a yellow Labrador retriever dog used to be born within the whelping unit of advisor canines for the Blind in San Rafael, California. The puppy’s identify used to be Roselle. On September eleven, 2001, she kept Michael’s existence. this can be Roselle’s tale too.

―From the Introduction

Every second in Michael Hingson’s and Roselle’s lives looked as if it would lead as much as at the present time. while certainly one of 4 hijacked planes flew into the area exchange Center’s north tower on September eleven, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district revenues supervisor for an information safeguard and community protection structures corporation, used to be sitting down for a gathering. His consultant puppy, Roselle, used to be at his ft. Paired for twenty-one months, guy and puppy spent that point forging a bond of belief, very like police companions who belief their lives to one another.

Michael couldn’t see a specific thing, yet he may possibly pay attention the sounds of shattering glass, falling particles, and terrified humans flooding round him and Roselle. even though, Roselle sat flippantly beside him. In that second, Michael selected to belief Roselle’s judgment and never to panic. They have been a team.

Thunder Dog is a narrative that would eternally switch your spirit and your standpoint. It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong decision to accomplish parity in a sighted global and the way the infrequent belief among a guy and his advisor puppy can motivate an unshakable religion in each of us.

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