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

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

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by Jim Gorant
     
 

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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

Overview

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

From the Publisher
Praise for WALLACE:

"Compelling and surprisingly 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."
Kirkus

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


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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592408375
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
181,442
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

Meet the Author

Jim Gorant is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and a former writer for GQ, Men’s Health, and many other magazines. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs and a twenty-year magazine veteran.

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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having already read The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant I knew that Wallace would not disapoint. I was right! Such an inspirational story about a throw away dog who would later become a world champion. I have a soft spot in my heart for pitbulls since I have one and my brother has two. They are exceptional dogs who have been given a bad rap by certain media outlets. People need to educate themselves before making hasty judgements. A beautifully writtten story. My thoughts and prayers are with Wallace and his entire family following his recent cancer diagnosis. He made a fantastic impact on the disc dog world and will always be a world champion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book due to the fact that I have a pitbull dog. They are very misunderstood dogs. My Bella is a loving animal as was Wallace. The story is a wonderful story of second chances for Wallace and everyone around him. Great for teens and tweens!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down!! I have seen Wallace perform and he is an inspiration to all dog owners. We hear so many negative things about "pit bulls" and not enough positive stories like Wallace!! Thank you Jim Gorant, Roo and Clara Yori for writing this story, you truly are changing minds one disc at a time!! Wallace we love you, buddy!!
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I just finished this book and loved it! Wallace is one wonderful and talented dog. He's truly an ambassador for his breed. Kudos to Roo and Clara for giving him such a loving home. I was so touched by their story that now I will follow Wallace on Facebook and Twitter. Great read for dog lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice effort, but too long for the basic storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been following Wallace on youtube and facebook for a long time.  I was so excited to hear that Jim Gorant was doing a book on Wallace.  I pre-ordered the book as soon as it was released.  When I got it, I couldn't put it down! I read the entire book in one sitting.  Being a Pit Bull owner myself I'm so happy to see more people our there supporting the breed.  The anti-pit bull campagne is dying out finally!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. No violence or sex, just a very nice story.
smorrison0629 More than 1 year ago
Received this book for Christmas and read it in 2 days! What an inspiring story of what true love can do! As a Mommy of two pitties it inspired me to continue to work to help these dogs! Thank you Roo, Clara, and Wallace for sharing your story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really inspiring and thoughtful wish you all ya'll to read it. - caca
grannyrn More than 1 year ago
Purchasing this for my gentle son who purchased a pit bull . She is very gentle just like her owner. Will also read it at some time.
Emily_K More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy to hear about a good book that showcases Pit Bulls in a positive light. The book is heart warming and not too over the top. I'm an avid dog lover and learned so much from the author. Learning about the sport and weight pulling for dogs. It was a great book all around.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Wallace very much. The book was well written, and there was maybe one curse word in the whole book. Some of the parts describing the competitions were rather lengthy, but integral to the story. The end didn't leave me in tears, which I also appreciated very much! I recommend for any dog lover to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book could not but it down. these dog are wonderful dogs if just given a chance
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kayter More than 1 year ago
I loved evert part of this book, and I could not put it down. This is a fantastic book for all dog lovers, or anyone who just simply wants to read a great book. This book proves that you cannot judge a breed by its cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! This is a must-read for dog lovers or anyone that has heard the negative information regarding pitbulls. You will fall in love with Wallace and his owners before the story is over.
LSZager More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing true story of a pit bull. Wallace's owners, Roo(short for Andrew) and Clara are truely caring and responsible pet owners as they saw in Wallace his amazing talent as a "disc catcher". Learning about the process of training for dog disc throwing contests, the description of the contests themselves and everything involved as well as the ups and downs of Roos and Clara's relationship and how Wallace helped to "grow them together" was real and moving. It took me only a few days to complete the book, me, being an extremely slow reader, I couldn't put the book down! After reading the book, I immediately went to their website and the FB website and learned so much more about Wallace, Roo and Clara as well as seeing wonderful videos that made the book come to life. Wallace, Roo and Clara will forever be in my life.
gma2four More than 1 year ago
Great book, awesome ambassador of the breed, fantastic RESPONSIBLE owners. A must read for every dog lover! Cindy Holliday
a-lyssasue More than 1 year ago
It's very hard to not to want to read this book in one sitting! I am trying to pace myself because I don't want to be done with it! Jim Gorant does a great job of detailing the journey the Yori's have gone through with Wallace and their utter dedication to show what an exceptional dog/athlete Wallace is. It is well written and full of emotion, it really stuck a cord with me after having been lucky enough to meet Wallace and the Yori's. It's so refreshing to see such a positive and educated story being told about a very mis understood breed. Wallace just wanted to be heard and the Yori's took the time, I highly recommend this book!
Cuccake2614 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I loved it alot and it goes to show you pit bulls aren't bad dogs!!! I hope read this and realize how wonderful Wallace really is!