Day 4!

Alamo Looking Straight ahead

Alamo Looking Straight ahead

Here it is the day after Valentines day and all is pretty good with our world. I won’t comment on the world as a whole; too many crazy things going on.

We were up at the usual 0 dark 30, (6AM) to get ready for the day. I think Puppy and I are settling into a good routine. He is eating a bit faster even with the stuff GDB is putting into the afternoon feeding to prevent loose stool. Even so, he is not the eating terror I see in Fantasia and Africa. When I get home, I suspect I will feed him separately from Fantasia just to keep his intake pace at a moderate level and thus not permit him to become fearful that the other dog will grab his food. Continue reading

I Love Creativity

I continue to be amazed at the creativity that people have in so many areas of life. When that creativity is related to and inspired by something that Roselle and I did, it is especially meaningful,

The other day I was contacted by a musician Michael Gaither. He asked me if I would listen to a song about Roselle and I and our 9-11 story. I am including that video here and a brief bio of Michael. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. I am honored that my our story can be an inspiration to others. Here’s the video and bio. Continue reading

Michael Answers Your Questions About Dogs… First Question Please?

“I love speaking to audiences because I get the opportunity to learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.  Part of my learning comes from the many questions I get asked during my speeches.  I love Q&A sessions and encourage them whenever possible from my event sponsors.

I have put together many of the most commonly asked questions I encounter in my travels.  These questions run from serious to whimsical, but everyone is important and every questions reflects the curiosity of lots of people.

My plan is to post a question  and my answer each day as long as I have a list of questions to work from.  If you have questions after reading any of my posts please pass them along and I will do my best to answer them over time.  Each week I will give a copy of “Running With Roselle” to one of the persons whose question I choose, so please send along your email address so I can get in touch should I use your question.

Ready?  Here we go with the first question.” Continue reading

Anger After Guide Dog Attacked

A blind woman was left terrified when her guide dog was attacked and injured just yards from her home.

Black labrador Gwen was working and in harness when a loose dog attacked her by the throat, said owner Julie Rees. Mrs Rees screamed for help following the incident on Ystrad Road in Fforestfach, Swansea, on Thursday. South Wales Police said there had been no arrests and it was not known if the small brown and white Staffordshire or terrier cross had been put down. Continue reading

Roselle – A Sad Day

It is strange for me to be writing this article while I have feelings of both sadness and joy in my heart.  Nevertheless, it is something which must be done.

Michael and Rosell

I have the solemn obligation to inform you that my hero guide dog, Roselle, who was with me in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, passed away last evening, Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM.  I am sad, of course, because I will miss Roselle so very much, more than any of my other guide dogs.  I write with joy because Roselle is in a better place, no longer feeling pain, while I get to have so many fond memories of her.

Roselle was born on March 12, 1998 at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California.  I heard right from the start that she was quite a mischievous little puppy.  She went to Santa Barbara, California to be raised by several puppy raising families.  Kay and Ted Stern had the joy and pleasure of spending the longest amount of raiser time with her.  Kay and Ted introduced her to airplane flying, New York, snow, and even the theater.  I must say that I think the culture did rub off on her. Continue reading

News Update – SPCA Keynote Speech

Blind World Trade Center Survivor to Address SPCA
Human-Animal Bond and Life-Saving Teamwork

On April 16, 2010 Michael Hingson will speak at a formal dinner and fund raiser on behalf of the Concord-Merrimack SPCA in Concord New Hampshire.  “It was teamwork which permitted me and my guide dog Roselle to work together to escape from the terrorist attacks on 9-11, 2001,” states Michael Hingson, president of The Michael Hingson Group.  “My guide dog and I each have a job to do which together permits us to travel safely.”

“Most people take having a pet for granted when, in fact, animals have at least as much to teach us as we have to teach them.  Roselle’s and my story is living proof of the interdependent relationship which can be enjoyed by every pet owner.  I hope to inspire the Concord-Merrimack SPCA donors to increase support for the local shelter and to work to become closer to their own pets.” Continue reading

“Coming Home” – Day 8

November 20, 2008, 4:30 PM

Well here we are day 8, the final day of in-home training. Time sure flies! It’s a sad day, and it’s a happy day. It’s a sad time because it will be the end of our time together with Todd. Todd lived up to his reputation of being the best. As I said before I have never trained with Todd although he was the one who trained Roselle. I could not have asked for a better person to help Africa and I begin our journey together.
On the other hand, it is a happy day because of all that Todd has done to prepare Africa and because of all the work that Todd, Africa, and I have had the pleasure of accomplishing together over the past 8 days. Todd has helped lay a great foundation which will allow Africa and me to have many great adventures and wonderful travel experiences for many years to come. Continue reading

“Independence Day” – Day 7

November 19, 2008, 9:09 PM

Thus far my work and bonding with Africa have been progressing well. Already we have had many adventures. Yesterday Todd informed me that today our first route was to be the infamous “independent route”. It is a route that is considered “independent” because the trainer does not walk with the student and dog. Usually, the student is told their starting location and then, when dropped off, they are asked to make their way to the Guide Dog lounge.
The route is not overly challenging to anyone who has good mobility skills. In a training center where blind people are learning to walk as blind people they will travel many independent routes including some where no instructor is observing them. These are true independent routes where blind people are expected to gain confidence in their own ability to travel from place to place. Continue reading

“Traffic” – Day 6

Tuesday , November 18, 2008, 7:54 PM

Today was one of the most extremely informative, if not most fun, times during the training and formation of a guide dog team. Today we did traffic checks.

One of the most important jobs a guide dog must perform is watching for traffic whether it is moving, standing still waiting for a light to change, or whether an individual car might be blocking our path. Any pedestrian should always be alert to the traffic around them. For those of us who choose to use a guide dog the dog can help us a great deal to address the issues regarding traffic. Here are a few scenarios. Continue reading