Thursday, August 4, 2011
Book Review - Thunder Dog
A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.
It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael’s bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was “on the clock” nothing could faze her. But that morning, without her harness, she was free to be scared, and she nudged Michael’s hand with her wet nose as it draped over the bedside toward the floor. She needed him to wake up.
With a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead, Michael slumped out of bed, headed to his home office, and started chipping away at his daunting workload. Roselle, shivering, took her normal spot at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications it was going to be a normal day. A busy day, but normal nonetheless. Until they went into the office.
In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael’s office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.
But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.
My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book and a testament to the remarkable work that service animals do for the people that they are partnered with. I have seen families training dogs to do this type of work, but it is not until you read accounts like this that you are touched and see the importance of these animals and the amazing things that they do on a daily basis.
The book brings out the special relationship between the author and Roselle. While I do not own a dog, but instead two cats, I can definitely appreciate what Roselle did for her owner and can wish that cats could be trained similarly (but I have not heard of this happening, at least not yet).
This book will inspire and motivate you and will help you to gain a new found respect to all that train or have service animals. This is a read that will give you an unprecedented first-hand account of the events on September 11. You will leave reading this book changed for the better!
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