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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time [Kindle Edition]

Jim Gorant
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity.

Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull–breeding operation. Andrew “Roo” Yori, a scientist and shelter volunteer, could tell immediately that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Frantic—and even though they already had two dogs—Roo and his wife fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs. It seemed like a terrible idea. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs aren’t: large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful. But after overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair became World Champions.

Movingly told by bestselling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhere—and help rescue this popular breed’s unfairly tarnished reputation.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for WALLACE:

"Compelling and suprisingly elegant [...] Wallace's story will charm even readers who never knew they were interested in put bulls or disc dogs."
—Publishers Weekly

"Dog lovers will certainly enjoy the story of Wallace’s journey."

Praise for THE LOST DOGS:

“Gorant’s fine book is a heartwarming tale of how the love and commitment of a community can heal even the deepest and most abhorrent of traumas.”
Sports Illustrated

“Readers of Gorant’s book will want to jump up and whoop, ‘Good dog!’”
The Boston Globe

The Lost Dogs “has the quality of a page-turner as it chronicles the entire story, in all its upsetting detail, of the dogs' rescue and re-entry into the world."
Los Angeles Times

 “A well-researched, moving account”
The New Yorker Book Bench

"The Lost Dogs shows us that goodness can be found in the places where we may least expect it.”
The Christian Science Monitor

"The best and most important book about animals written in 2010"
The San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

JIM GORANT has worked as a magazine editor and writer for twenty years and is currently a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in such magazines as Men's Health, GQ, and Outside. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs. He lives in New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 918 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592408370
  • Publisher: Gotham Books; 1 edition (August 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I may be biased but... August 30, 2012
This is the greatest book ever. Okay, Wallace is my dog. He is fantastic and lovely and has brought so much joy into our lives. I feel so proud every time I see him on the cover of this book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Jim Gorant August 30, 2012
Wallace is a beautifully written, intelligent and heartwarming story about dogs and humans, how they become who they are, and their capacity to succeed and overcome adversity and perception. Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs, the account of the fates of the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick dogfighting operation, has written Wallace with the same perfect blend of empathy, tension, drive and drama brought to his last effort. What's really first-rate about Gorant's writing is his ability to put a dog's (in this case, Wallace) challenges in context by allowing us to see what makes a dog who he is: We glimpse into the suspicious circumstances surrounding his birth, the prey-drive training he received, the shelter system into which he was placed, and the relationship of the people who tried to save him. By letting us see the people behind the dog, we can fully appreciate how we impact our faithful companions. But we also get to see the dog behind the people; so we can celebrate how Wallace impacted, for better, worse, and ultimately better, the lives of those who let him in.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallace the Book September 6, 2012
By Jean
This book is an inspirational read for anyone. It is a MUST READ for anyone with a high drive Pit Bull at home! Wallace the Book details a great example of what can be accomplished when you believe in something, get off your bum, work hard, and keep moving forward. "Talk less, do more." That is the key!

Thank you Roo and Clara for being so dedicated and responsible. You two are just as much of an inspiration as Wallace. The road to true happiness and freedom for a problem child shelter Pit is a long one filled with judgement, frustration, and fatigue. You always put your dog first and it helped pave the way for many more to come. Thank you for sharing your story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class!!! September 12, 2012
By Nigel
Top marks to Jim Gorant, Wallace is a must read. Once you start reading it's impossible to put the book down. I've been following the adventures of Wallace for the last several years through Facebook and his online videos on YouTube. In all these years, I never knew that he was such a troublesome teen and that his weight pulling and disk work were ways to curb his outlandish behavior. I'd also like to commend Roo and Clara for opening themselves up and letting Jim write about their relationship, not only with Wallace and their other dogs but also their own relationship. This is a book that I will definitely read again and can't recommend enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Inspiring book! September 13, 2012
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I do Pit Bull Rescue so Wallace is a household name here. I could not wait to read the book about his life. This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and so inspiring. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!! I've always said "We love Wallace" even though I've never met Wallace or his family. After reading this book I now understand why I have such a strong connection to a dog I've never met. With the love and guidance of Roo and Clara, Wallace became not only a Superstar in the disc world but a Hero to all of us who work so hard to save these amazing dogs. This is a story about never giving up on someone. Of seeing the greatness that lies within and coaxing it out. I will never be able to thank Roo, Clara and Wallace enough for what they have done to show the true nature of such a misunderstood and maligned breed of dog. What I can do is continue leading by example. In Roo's own words "Don't talk, do." and 'Let the dogs actions speak." Wallace's actions have spoken volumes!!
A huge thank you to Jim Gorant. You pull us into the story, into the lives of these incredible people and dogs. I felt like I was standing on the sidelines, watching Wallace play and rooting along with the crowd.
This book is not just for Pit Bull lovers or dog lovers, this is book about never giving up on those you love. Wallace, We Love You!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! September 11, 2012
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Never underestimate a shelter dog. This is an incredible story of a dog who was dumped at a shelter and labelled "un-adoptable" because he went crazy in the pen. He barked; he tried to climb the walls; he threw himself against the front of the pen as people passed by. He just wanted to get out and play! A pair of great volunteers saw this and worked with him. He played, and played, and played until he became a champion disc dog! This is a great read for all dog lovers. (Or a great gift for people who don't know yet that they are dog lovers!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's Some Pit September 27, 2012
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Perhaps not the most eloquently written work of prose, but in this case, accessibility is more important than artistry. The story of Wallace and his humans is one that everyone should read and enjoy, laugh at, learn from, and shed a few tears over (spoiler warning: the ending may be an upbeat one, but there are a few tears to be had along the way.)

My only complaint is that I wish a few of the key players earlier in the book -- the cop who took Wallace to the rescue; those at the rescue who believed in Wallace and those who didn't -- had been interviewed for the latter part of the book, after Wallace's successes. Maybe they were interviewed and their reflections didn't work for the book, but it felt like a missed opportunity, nonetheless.

Not a complex read; for those of us who love pits, not even a revelatory read; but a satisfying read nonetheless, and one I can't wait to share with friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
This book was absolutely amazing. I would most definitely recommend this book, it was spectacular. To people who don't like pit bulls please read this book and it will help show... Read more
Published 3 days ago by horselover 22
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on a subject close my heart
Good book on a subject close my heart.
Pit bulls are vilified daily just because of the breed due to the actions of stupid owners who should be put down instead of the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by J. Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars from a cat person!!
An endearing true story of a very unusual pit bull. I gave it only 4 stars because I compared it to the author's The Lost Dogs, which was a 5+ star book. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Marie Kohan-Greenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Book in excellent condition. Shipped fast
Book in excellent condition. Shipped fast. Haven't had time to read it yet but loved Jim Gorant first book on the Vick fighting dogs. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kathy Florczak
3.0 out of 5 stars Wallace seemed like an incredible dog and he won my heart
For those looking for a quick read, this is a delightful book, all about a high energy pit bull and the disc throw and catch sport. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn T. Light
5.0 out of 5 stars They loved it. Even went on youtube and watched videos ...
I bought this book for my kids... They loved it. Even went on youtube and watched videos of this dog performing with his family... Story will make you tear up for sure.
Published 1 month ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a wonderful story, and a great dog! Champion of the breed!
Published 1 month ago by Twilliger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for pit bull lovers
I purchased this book for a good friend on mine's birthday who is in love with pit bulls and she really enjoyed this novel! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris F
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing dog, amazing pet parents, amazing book!
It took me a few minutes to figure out what to call this review--it still doesn't seem to do the book justice--but WOW! Read more
Published 1 month ago by StephanieB
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed more Wallace
It's hard to write a bad review because it's Wallace! But there was too much details about Wallace the disc champion and not enough about Wallace the dog. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adele
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