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

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero - Michael Hingson, Susy Flory More than just a survivor account, this is a story of triumph, not just over the tragedy and trauma of that day, but from birth. Having become blind shortly after his premature birth, Mr. Hingson, achieved milestones in life, without even having considered them as challenges -- for instance, riding a bike (by using echolocation). I learned many things from this book about guide dogs, tools/instruments for the blind, the real-world challenges of prejudice and misconception about people who are visually challenged, and how much as been accomplished by blind people, for blind people.

Many still-living search-and-rescue dogs and their handlers were honored in 2011, on the 10th Anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers. Here is the story of a guide dog who led her human companion 78 floors down, and to safety. In honor of her contributions that day, the association which trains seeing-eye dogs, Guide Dogs For The Blind, retired her name; "no future guide dog will ever be named Roselle." I found this inspiring: a story about a blind man and his dog.