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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
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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. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo 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 that was fine with Roo—because part of his mission was to change people’s minds about pit bulls. 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: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592408370
  • Publisher: Gotham; 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: #157,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 157 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 35 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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38 of 39 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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16 of 16 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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14 of 14 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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11 of 11 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story, quick read December 28, 2012
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I enjoyed the book, particularly the strength and commitment of Wallace's human companions. I actually ordered it thinking it was about Ultimate Frisbee, the game. I was more than happy to find out it was about Wallace the ultimate frisbee dog. My goof resulted in a good read. The connections to the book for me were pretty amazing as I had a wonderful dog adopted through the same organization and know firsthand the impacts of celiac and thyroid related illness. I appreciated the honest commentary throughout the book. I think it would have been easy to write in hindsight about the positive aspects of saving Wallace but I feel the book is much stronger with what seems like an objective reflection on a great dog and equally wonderful people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book about a superstar Pibble... RIP sweet Wallace... I was blessed to meet you and get your pawtagraph.....
Published 1 month ago by Howard m Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
If you love dogs, this is a great one!
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Champion in the Finest Sense of the Word
The beginning was a bit confusing, but in the end this is a wonderful book. In fact it is the second best true story dog book that I have read, and I have read a lot of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story of a true underdog who defied all prejudices, and his adopters who never gave up on him
Published 2 months ago by Kara Tierney
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!
What an Awsome dog and great story. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by cherie byfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by danio
4.0 out of 5 stars Good heart-warming true story
Good heart-warming true story, maybe not the best writing but I liked the story very much and love to hear anything that redeems the pitbull breed and helps the general population... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MamaSue
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This BOOK!
Great story and great Dog. Wallace will live a long time in the hearts of his wonderful owners, and his fans worldwide.
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Wallace the frisbee athlete
Excellent story of Wallace, first pitbull to play and compete in competitive frisbee... Rescued and turned out be a gem in temperment, just very smart and unusually energetic even... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Beautiful story about a special dog and his owners. All dogs deserve a chance and Wallace proves that. Jim gorant is a outstanding author.
Published 3 months ago by Tmoney
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