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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. 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Gorant’s (The Lost Dogs) compelling and surprisingly elegant book tells the story of Wallace, a pit bull with a bad reputation who transforms with the love of a young couple. Rescued as a puppy from an abandoned breeding operation, adopted by a police officer, then reabandoned, Wallace ends up at the Paws & Claws Animal Shelter in Rochester, Minn., where he becomes the black sheep, displaying aggressive behavior toward both dogs and humans. Enter Andrew “Roo” Yori and his wife, Clara, self-professed “dog nerds” who immediately sense that there is “a good dog in there somewhere.” They advocate relentlessly for him, while biases against pit bulls and apprehension about his behavior cause the shelter to consider euthanasia. The Yoris eventually adopt Wallace, and shortly afterward discover his talent for competitive Frisbee. Gorant’s clear prose steers the reader through the little-known world of “disc dogs” and the hours of practice Roo and Wallace log, devising new tricks for the freestyle, where dog and human perform a “choreographed routine set to music.” Gorant never lets the narrative slip into the saccharine, and Wallace’s story will charm even readers who never knew they were interested in pit bulls or disc dogs. Agent: Matthew Carnicelli. (Sept.)
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 “A well-researched, moving account”

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Having detailed the fate of Michael Vick's dogs in the heartrending and immaculately researched New York Times best-selling The Lost Dogs, Sports Illustrated senior editor Gorant describes the life story of another pit bull—Wallace, a rescue dog who went on to win or place impressively in dozens of local, national, and international doggie disc-catching competitions. The aim, though, was to clear up misunderstandings about the breed while letting Wallace have some fun.
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Sports Illustrated senior editor Gorant (Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, 2010, etc.) recounts the tale of a rescue dog who became a world champion Frisbee dog and a mascot for pit bulls. Apparently slated for an illegal dogfighting operation, Wallace was discovered by a policeman and eventually left with an animal shelter. His next owners, Andrew (Roo) Yori and his wife, Clara, had already adopted four dogs from the shelter, where she worked and he volunteered. At first, they hoped to find the puppy--whom they later named after NBA star Rasheed Wallace--a new adoptive home, but it became a problem. Not only do pit bulls have a bad reputation, but Wallace was a difficult dog. He was obstreperous with an unfortunate tendency to nip at other dogs, but he was playful and fundamentally friendly. Although the shelter turned to euthanasia only as a last resort, as time passed this seemed to be the future awaiting Wallace. Roo and Clara decided to take him in despite the problems. Roo used his own athletic prowess to train Wallace in disc-catching, and the sport provided an extreme athletic challenge for both man and dog. Gorant describes how they rose to the top in this highly competitive sport, and he also looks at the strains and rewards experienced by the newly married couple. Dog lovers will certainly enjoy the story of Wallace's journey, but the author's digressions interrupt the narrative flow. Too many detours confuse this account of an inspiring achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592407316
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Having already read The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant I knew that Wall

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    I've only read what is on this page and I can't wait to get this

    I've only read what is on this page and I can't wait to get this book.
    Wallace sounds like a book my son and husband should be forced to read.
    They think all pits should be put down. They also have seen all the
    stories but don't watch Cesar Millan or any of the animal shows out
    there. And, they can be very hard-headed but I love them, anyway. I've
    got to get this book! :) Moki in Ca.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    A Nice Read!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

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    I could not put this book down!! I have seen Wallace perform and

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend - a fun read

    Loved it. A sweet injured and disfigured bait dog get a living home with a family who saw past his surface disfiguration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    I just finished this book and loved it! Wallace is one wonderfu

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Boring

    Nice effort, but too long for the basic storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    I've been following Wallace on youtube and facebook for a long t

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    True story about good people and a nice dog.

    Enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. No violence or sex, just a very nice story.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Received this book for Christmas and read it in 2 days! What a

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Awesome.

    This book is really inspiring and thoughtful wish you all ya'll to read it. - caca

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    This is amuse read weather u love the breed are not sure, I have

    This is amuse read weather u love the breed are not sure, I have a rescue pit and also a boxer.  My little pittie girl would give her life to protect the family.  Unconditional love.  All the dogs I have owned in my life time this breed is the most sensitive.  I wish every one could see the true personality.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Purchasing this for my gentle son who purchased a pit bull . She

    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.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Awesome Book!!!!

    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

    Posted October 14, 2012

    One of the best dog stories I've read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Pits are great dogs

    Wonderful story!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommened

    loved this book could not but it down. these dog are wonderful dogs if just given a chance

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    I loved evert part of this book, and I could not put it down. Th

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Loved this book!! This is a must-read for dog lovers or anyone

    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.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    This is an amazing true story of a pit bull. Wallace's owners,

    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.

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