Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson


“This is the true in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” — George Bernard Shaw

This quote is at the beginning of one of the chapters in Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susan Flory, and seems to really describe who Michael Hingson showed himself to be during one of our nation’s tragedies. Thunder Dog is the story of Michael and his guide dog Roselle, and their experiences coming out of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Michael describes everything that led them there that fateful day, and everything they went through to get back home to his wife Karen and retired guide dog Linnie. Michael also explains a lot of his life story and the things that he learned and experienced that influenced him that day in Tower 1.

This is really an incredible story about several incredible people. Reading about Michael’s history as well as the details of his trip down the stairwell on 9/11 were both very enlightening. His friend and colleague David was with him on that day and was a big part of what Michael and Roselle went through. And Michael’s wife Karen had her own experience to share, being at home and knowing her husband was trying to get out of the tower without really knowing what was going on.

I expected a great story about Michael and Roselle, and this is definitely that. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the chapter in which Michael describes his personal experience with God that day as the South Tower fell, and his association to Psalm 23. I also appreciated Michael’s words about his relationship with Karen, and the moments that were told from her perspective. I really love this story, and heartily agree with Larry King in the foreword about it being a page-turning.

It is truly an engrossing story, so much more so because it is a true story, and a true story about some of the good things that happened despite the horrific tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001.


I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers via BookSneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own.


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