Lance: A Spirit Unbroken

Lance: A Spirit Unbroken

by Walter Stoffel

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Overview

A survivor of 10 years of abuse and a do-or-die rescue, Lance proves to be a Border Collie with a split personality. Though a physical threat to everyone ( rescuers included!) , he constantly gets his new owners and himself into hilarious predicaments. Will he be put down or will his rescuers put up with him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986150036
Publisher: diamond publishing international
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 606,660
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Walter Stoffel is a substance abuse counselor and GED teacher in correctional facilities.When not behind bars, he likes to read, travel,work out and watch really bad movies.Major accomplishment:He entered a 26.2 mile marathon race following hip replacement surgery and finished--dead last.

The author currently lives with his wife Clara, their dog,Buddy (another rescue) and cat, Winky (yet another rescue).

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Contents


  1. Chance Meeting
  2. Outcast
  3. Pushing the Envelope
  4. Just Walkin’ the Dog
  5. First Things First
  6. So You Think You Can Dance?
  7. Homewrecker
  8. Lance Makes a Big Splash
  9. Help Me!
  10. Dodging Bullets
  11. Death Defying
  12. Homeward Bound
  13. Damaged Goods
  14. What is He?
  15. Leashing the Beast/Exit Strategy
  16. Trying to Tame the Tiger
  17. Broadening His Horizons
  18. Blunt Force Trauma
  19. Aftercare
  20. Shell Shock
  21. Under House Arrest
  22. Life or Death?
  23. Petting Protocol
  24. Lance-isms
  25. Ambushed!
  26. Dissing the Don
  27. Border Collies Will be Border Collies
  28. Hell on Wheels
  29. Damning Evidence
  30. Protective Custody
  31. Devil Dog
  32. Back Biter
  33. Anna’s Regret
  34. Guilt Trip
  35. More Lance-isms
  36. Lance Goes Batty
  37. Beast of Burden
  38. The Many Moods of Lance
  39. The Truth Hurts
  40. A Tale of Two Survivors
  41. Even More Lance-isms
  42. Lance the Hero
  43. Lance the Antihero
  44. Bear-ly Escaping
  45. Reflections
  46. Not Your Typical Dog
  47. A Dog Like Any Other
  48. Uneasy Riders
  49. The Insanity Continues
  50. Stream of Consciousness
  51. Too Close for Comfort
  52. “Border” Patrol
  53. Catch and Release
  54. (Good to) the Last Bite
  55. Nowhere to be Found
  56. Afterthoughts on “Nowhere to be Found”
  57. Mount Minsi or Bust
  58. AKA Lance
  59. Senior Citizen
  60. Final Days
  61. A Special Connection


About the Author

Dedication

Acknowledgements



  1. Chance Meeting
  2. Outcast
  3. Pushing the Envelope
  4. Just Walkin’ the Dog
  5. First Things First
  6. So You Think You Can Dance?
  7. Homewrecker
  8. Lance Makes a Big Splash
  9. Help Me!
  10. Dodging Bullets
  11. Death Defying
  12. Homeward Bound
  13. Damaged Goods
  14. What is He?
  15. Leashing the Beast/Exit Strategy
  16. Trying to Tame the Tiger
  17. Broadening His Horizons
  18. Blunt Force Trauma
  19. Aftercare
  20. Shell Shock
  21. Under House Arrest
  22. Life or Death?
  23. Petting Protocol
  24. Lance-isms
  25. Ambushed!
  26. Dissing the Don
  27. Border Collies Will be Border Collies
  28. Hell on Wheels
  29. Damning Evidence
  30. Protective Custody
  31. Devil Dog
  32. Back Biter
  33. Anna’s Regret
  34. Guilt Trip
  35. More Lance-isms
  36. Lance Goes Batty
  37. Beast of Burden
  38. The Many Moods of Lance
  39. The Truth Hurts
  40. A Tale of Two Survivors
  41. Even More Lance-isms
  42. Lance the Hero
  43. Lance the Antihero
  44. Bear-ly Escaping
  45. Reflections
  46. Not Your Typical Dog
  47. A Dog Like Any Other
  48. Uneasy Riders
  49. The Insanity Continues
  50. Stream of Consciousness
  51. Too Close for Comfort
  52. “Border” Patrol
  53. Catch and Release
  54. (Good to) the Last Bite
  55. Nowhere to be Found
  56. Afterthoughts on “Nowhere to be Found”
  57. Mount Minsi or Bust
  58. AKA Lance
  59. Senior Citizen
  60. Final Days
  61. A Special Connection


About the Author

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lalexander 5 months ago
When I got this book, I could hardly wait to finish my latest book so that I could start reading about Lance. After reading the first few pages, I was not sure I wanted to continue; it was just so sad, and the tears were flowing. I did continue reading, and many more emotions were evoked. I saw three main issues addressed in the story of Lance. The first was simply Lance's story, the second was the story of how Lance changed Walter's life, and the third was to enlighten people to how easily animal abuse can be ignored. Lance's story is one that will touch the heart of every person who takes the time to read it. I cried because of the life he was forced to endure for so long; I laughed at his playfulness and his mischievous behavior; I was in awe of the effort Walter and Clara went to in order to give this dog a "normal" life. Sometimes when a dog is adopted, a person will say that he/she saved the dog. In this case, you might say that Lance's spirit saved Walter. As the author writes in the introduction, "My experience with Lance showed me just how easily animal abuse can go undetected and ignored, and I'm hoping Lance's story will open others' eyes to this sad fact." Many thanks, Walter Stoffel, for sharing Lance's story in such a personal, heartfelt way.
Mama_Cat 11 months ago
What a magnificent story of a dog who indeed refused to allow his spirit to be broken and the people who rescued him from cruelty! In many ways this novel will break the heart of the reader over and again, yet there is much good to be seen throughout. The author tells the true story of Lance, a Border Collie who was abused beyond understanding, and the life the author and his wife shared with Lance after his rescue. “If this book makes one dog’s life safe, then my writing will not be in vain.” (page 3) Walter saw Lance in a fenced yard for a couple years when out jogging in his neighborhood. The dog clearly wanted attention, but he continued to jog past, time after time. He lived in an apartment that didn’t allow dogs, and the dog did have a home and owner. Until the day Walter saw an older, white-haired lady walking the rambunctious, black and white firecracker and she asked if he wanted a dog. Anna, a neighbor of the people where Lance was kept, walked the dog on a leash regularly for years, but this Border Collie needed more. To Walter, who had a dog when he was a child, taking Lance out was like a return to the simpler days of being out with his dog. He quickly found someplace other than the neighborhood to take him. For Lance, the first time Walter took him to a nearby park and took off the leash was the first time he was totally free, and the ten-year-old acted like a puppy. This began a long-term relationship between a dog whose behavior was at times acceptable, at other times beyond frightening to Walter and his wife Clara. The things they learned in upcoming years about the cruelty Lance suffered led them to adapt, accept, and continue to give him a chance. It showed the results of animal cruelty and what this Border Collie had overcome to stay alive, even if his behavior was broken through his own kind of PTSD, his own self-preservation. Yet through it all was a bond of love and respect. One thing I appreciated was how the author, a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, used some of the sayings around 12-step rooms to care for Lance. It is a demonstration of how to “practice these principles in all our affairs”. It also brings fond memories of an injured cat we took in with his own behavior challenges that love, acceptance, and fear, brought us a beautiful, if too short, life together. I highly recommend this beautiful, heart-wrenching, true story of Lance and the people who took a chance on him to anyone who loves dogs and is interested in animal behavior when rescuing or fostering. It is written with the same excellence the author and his wife used when caring for Lance and is an honor to his memory. From a thankful heart: I won this ebook from a Goodreads First Read contest; a positive review was not required.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
Lance is a memoir story about a dog that is rescued only for their owners to realize later on the extensive amount of work and trouble they have gotten themselves in. This humorous book discusses a Border collie dog that has endured many years of hardship and abuse before a man and woman rescue him. However, the new owners are clueless about what they have done, and once they find out the real reason for Lance being prisoned, they then have to make some critical and heart aching choice. As I read along, I noticed that I was at ease bonding with the situation and realistically sensing my present into the scenes. It was very touching to feel the same way as the characters did and to have questions that were later on answered in the book. As a dog owner myself, I found it very hard to read some parts only because of how much I love animals. The intention behind the memoir is to bring Lance’s painful obscurity and to give him the recognition he deserves. I sincerely believe that the author did just that. The literature was easy to read and follow. The work read like a fictional story even though it was a fact. It included all the right emotions, attitudes, realness and authentic experiences we all endure when we favor a pet and love. The humor added a huge positive fact to the story, and I appreciated the real intentions behind writing this book. I also admired the additional mention of the connection the author has with Lace in order to bond the whole story together. I recommend this book to people who love animals, especially dogs. This book is for memoir fans and anyone who is up for an emotional yet funny read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Lance would have been a great dog if he'd grown up in a healthy environment. He was an even greater dog because he hadn't. Dogs typically don't ask a lot from their owners, but what they do ask for is apparently too much for some owners to give". One of the most compelling books I have ever read, in relation to pets, and I also have had three rescue dogs as members of my family. Lance was an abused dog and was kept living as a prisoner by the Schmidts. He was a survivor and was, thankfully, befriended by neighbor Anna and then, later, Walter, who rescued him. Walter and his wife Clara were heroes. Walter takes us along on the experience, adventure, education, and heartache, through an excellent narration. I found it difficult to put the book down, and it will definitely go on my list as a "re-read". I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
If you love dogs, you’ll enjoy this book. It is nonfiction, being Walter’s experience with rescuing a border collie from hell, but bears out the cliché of fact being stranger than… Lance was in incredibly traumatized and abused dog, and the extent of the cruelty keeps emerging as the story unfolds. However, this is not a horror story, or even a sad one, but one full of laughs, partly thanks to Walter’s light, humorous, clear writing style. To most people, Lance would have been impossible to live with, but Walter and his wife, Clara, have my unbridled admiration. They reacted to a multiplicity of impossible behavior with unconditional love for a four-legged person who desperately needed it. If you want an amusing read, and at the same time be inspired, you can’t go past Lance’s story.