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

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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 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.
 

About Jim Gorant

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JIM GORANT is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and a former writer for GQ, Men's Health, and many other magazines. A twenty-year magazine veteran, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey
 
Published August 30, 2012 by Gotham Books. 272 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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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.

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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 sa...

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View slideshow: Wallace the Pit Bull I first heard of Wallace from my friend Sue, who knew Roo Yori, his wife Clara, and of course Wallace from when Wallace was at a local “low kill” humane society, Paws and Claws.

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Jim Gorant, author of ‘The Lost Dogs’ champions pit bulls again in his new book, ‘Wallace,’ the story of an underdog that conquers the sport of canine disc competition and saves a marriage.

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You can find more about him, his family (which includes other disc dogs, rescues, and Hector the Vick dog) by visiting Wallace's Facebook page.

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This dog starts life in a home where his future is unknown -- perhaps to be sold as a fighting dog, or perhaps to end up as a bait dog.

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Wallace became the first pit bull to win the 10th annual challenge, a feat in and of itself as pit bulls typically aren’t great at the sport due to their weight.

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