Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed a Breed--One Flying Disc at a Time
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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed a Breed--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. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter voluntee...more
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Published August 30th 2012 by Gotham Books (first published August 1st 2012)
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Clara
I may be biased, but this is the best dog book ever written. Wallace is my boy! I can confirm that he is an inspiring dog and so very lovable.
Carrie
I'm a huge champion of pit bull type dogs. I do a lot of work with dog rescue in Philly, so I was thrilled when I saw this book at our local library. I devoured the first 100 pages and I really enjoyed learning about Wallace's story and background. (I often wonder what my rescued mutts' lives were like before we came into their lives.) I founded a non-profit that pairs up runners with shelter dogs (www.themonstermilers.org) for the same reasons Roo started entering Wallace in weight-pulling comp...more
Kristin
Wallace by Jim Gorant is a different kind of dog story. Yes, it may remind some of Marley and Me – there is the rambunctious dog, after all. And yes, it may have hints of The Art of Raccing in the Rain – the owner’s own personal struggles are documented as well. But it is a one-of-a kind dog story. It is uplifting and inspiring and centers around Wallace, an underdog (literally), who, with the love and dedication of his owner, Roo Yori, is able to become a world champion disc dog and force peopl...more
Pamela Kramer
"Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls -- One Flying Disc at a Time" by Jim Gorant is another dog story. Gorant wrote "The Lost Dogs" about the Michael Vick dogs and it's still one of the best books out there about the Vick story.

In "Wallace," Gorant introduces us to another pit bull. 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. With Wallace's personality,...more
Juandaful
The story of Wallace and Roo and Clara is one that more people who own any type of dog should read. It's a huge testament to perseverance, love, creative thinking, the power of practicing your craft (Wallace was only half the team, Roo put in his time so he could be a worthy 'other half'), and being able to recognize when you've found the thing that fits, whether it be a relationship, a type of diet, or a sport with your dog. I read this book in one sitting, I found it delightful, heartbreaking,...more
Ann M. Noser
I'll admit to the following biases:
1) I love dogs of all kinds.
2) I am a Veterinarian.
3) I knew Wallace personally. He was charming, lovable, and sweet.
4) My family had a pit bull by the name of Melon Head for many years. He came to us a stray and died an old man. He was my father's best friend.

I'm amazed and impressed at how honest Wallace's owners were when interviewed for this book. That takes a special kind of bravery.

Reading this book will help you learn about pit bulls and learn about your...more
Patricia
Knowing I would love this book and this dog, I really looked forward to reading about Wallace. According to the book's cover this dog conquered a sport, saved a marriage and helped champion his unpopular breed. Wallace is a pit bull. Reading the description of a dog who did all this piqued my curiosity, mesmerized me and even had me feeling a bit humble.

Unfortunately, Wallace didn't come close to meeting my expectations. This dog is not a super hero in my opinion, but rather the victim of uber...more
AnnieM
Yep I read another dog book. But this is so very different than any other book. Sure it's about an owner who develops a bond with a dog, but it is more.

This is a dog who has to be part cat. He survives early days of puppyhood when his owner dies. He is saved from what would most likely be a life of dog fighting. Wallace could have made headlines for a very different reason, but rescue people ended that.

He was placed in a home with someone who would love and train him. Then he had more energy tha...more
Kirsti
What a fantastic book! I knew as soon as I saw this book that I had to own it. I nonchalantly walked down the animal aisle, gasping as I reached for this book and holding it tight as if someone was going to steal it from me. It had to be a perfect reading afternoon like today for me to read it.

I enjoy Jim Gorant's writing style, but of the two books of his I have now read, it is his subject matter I admire. Usually Jim writes Sports related books, but it is with this book about Freestyle Disc ca...more
Amy
If I am rating based on the message in the book and/or what Wallace has accomplished, I would give it 4 or 5 stars. However, if I am truly rating the book itself, 3 stars is more accurate.

I love the story of Wallace and his people. Wallace shows how dedicated, loving owners can make a difference in a dog's life and that pits can do and be so much more than many people know. However, I found parts of the book repetitive while I felt other parts dragged. I was also curious how the author found out...more
Emily Ann Meyer
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Lucas
An amazing story Wallace sounds like a great dog! I have to give this book 5 stars more for the message and the importance of what I guess you could call doggy civil rights than for the writing style. Mostly in the beginning the Author ended chapters with cliffhangers like you would see in a cheesy action novel. The real hero of this story is Roo I firmly believe although a great dog that Wallace isn't that unique pit bulls are so smart loyal and loving dogs each and everyone out there could ach...more
Nigel Stolting
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,...more
Cecelia
Such a great book. I have long been a proponent of "dangerous dog" laws instead of breed-specific legislation. PROBLEM DOGS & DANGEROUS DOGS COME IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES, & BREEDS. This book gave me hope that someday we can get this message across to all. I am not a writer, per se, so the words that come to mind when reading this were:
Heart-warming,
informative,
thought-provoking,
funny,
and well-written.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! ^_^
Carolyn
I loved this book! It was truly inspiring. I thought it was amazing that Wallace's owner held down two jobs while training Wallace and participating in so many competitions. Pit bulls have been given an unjustified bad rep and this book should go a long way towards dispelling the myths. I highly recommend it! I received a free advanced reading copy of this title from the publisher.
Vicki
Loved the story, but did not care for the author's writing style. Too much redundancy. I admire Clara and Roo's commitment to Wallace and the "cause". I experienced breed specific discrimination when I had an American Staffordshire. She was the best dog ever, but my homeowners insurance agent didn't agree. I found a new agent. Great story and pictures.
Ruth
The best story about the misunderstood pit bulls... I LOVED this story and all the characters. What a wonderful tribute to the breed. Exciting and heartwarming.
Beverly
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. Roo and his wife adopt Wallace and understands the dog needed a mission. Serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs, which normally do not suit pitbulls. But after overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the b...more
Sandra
I have followed Wallace for years now, since his story about discs first started appearing in articles on the web. I adore this little guy.
However, I wasn't sure if it was possible of putting his story into words that would interest more people than pure dog lovers, a wider audience than just people who already knew of the subject - but it totally worked.
This book, even though it recounts real life events, reads like a novel. It had my crying and laughing and it is just heart warming to read W...more
Randi
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads and I LOVE this book! I don't often read books regarding animals so I was really glad I won this book.

It's about a dog who no one wanted. A couple who worked/volunteered at an animal shelter saw him and fell in love with him. They fought for him to stay alive to get neutered. It's an amazing story and the fact that he can do frisbees which is awesome as his breed isn't made for this sport. The point is, he has proved that pit bulls are not evil that...more
Jennifer
Jim Gorant has done it again! His excellent work, thorough research and engaging way of writing has represented Wallace and family in a great light, and done bully breeds everywhere proud. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Wallace, Roo, Clara and other recognizable members of Wallace's extended family from the beginning. I became familiar with Wallace in 2006, when he (and the resurgence of canine disc) was still relatively new, while raising and training my own large breed, not-exactly-right...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I'm not sure whether or not it shines through in my reading selections but I am a huge animal lover. I haven't met many animals that I don't like. Right now, I have two kitty cats (Winston and Totoro) but growing up, I always had cats and dogs (sometimes fish, lizards, and turtles too). My schedule right now is not conducive to having a dog right now and it makes me so sad. I have been loving stories about dogs lately because of that. Wallace definitely fit the bill.

I loved this story because no...more
Kari
I think "The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls — One Flying Disc" is probably the best subtitle of all time, but it doesn't address the aspect of Wallace’s story that I most relate to. Wallace started out dog aggressive. Maybe he was just experiencing barrier frustration when he lashed out at other dogs while in the shelter, but he was in danger of being euthanized. Lucky for Wallace, Roo and Clara Yori stood up for him.

By channeling Wallace’s drive into...more
Sarah Giannetta
I didn't expect to, but I read this entire book over the course of 4 hours today. This is a feel-good, pit bull story if there ever was one. A pit bull named Wallace is condemned to live and die in a shelter until some volunteers (Clara and Andrew, or "Roo") begin working with him. They eventually adopted him and got him into flying disc competitions, which are usually dominated by smaller, more agile dogs. The book mostly highlights Wallace's success and his journey to becoming a flying disc ch...more
Deborah Darsie
Feb 02, 2013 Deborah Darsie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pit bull fans, disc dog
Shelves: read-nf, read-dog
I got downright ticked with the poor training techniques Wallace's first owner used in the beginning.
Police officer or not, novices should not be trying to train a highly driven dog of any breed, let alone a maligned breed like the pit bull!

Wallace came within an inch of it costing him his life, because he needed a major outlet for his energy and focus.
Thankfully 2 volunteers & 1 staffer at the shelter the officer had relinquished Wallace to were staunch advocates for Wallace and barely ke...more
Kim
I always like a good dog book. Especially when it involves an underdog overcoming something. Even more so when it involves a pit bull. This book was a good story and put pitbulls in a good light which is what the breed needs. My only complaint was that I wish it gave a little more back story instead of a huge focus on the competitions. I know they are important to his accomplishments but I like a little more back story. Other than that good book!
Stacey
Who doesn't love an underdog to wonder dog story? What a great story of how a pit bull can defy all the stereotypes and be a hero.

My only issue with the book is that I thought the author portrayed the dilemma faced by shelters, such as Paws & Claws, from a very one-sided point of view. Yes, Wallace deserved a chance even though he was troubled, but in this situation there was someone who was willing to accept liability for him and work with him. Most often, this is not the case. The reality...more
Emily Mishler
I won an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed reading Wallace's story and I am so happy that pit bulls have such a champion on their side. Wallace's story is inspirational and any dog lover will greatly enjoy Gorant's book. While the story would have rated between 4 and 5 stars on its own, I was put off slightly by the style and non-linear progression of the book. I felt rather displaced a number of times when a chapter would end with a cliff hanger of sorts an...more
Sissyt
I would normally not read a book about a dog. I don't dislike dogs, but am not a dog person. I downloaded this audiobook through my local library. It does feel slow and repetitive at parts, but overall I am really glad I listened to it. Wallace's people fought for him so he wouldn't be defined by what others thought of him. I think you can easily translate that message to your own life. Why let others decide what you will be?
Jen Wahl kilmer
This book started out slow and really boring but the ending was good. I just don't feel like I connected to the people or Wallace. I think it's fabulous about being an advocate for a pit bull but no one centered on him being loving or cuddly or just a sweet, normal dog like I believe he was. I think that would have helped far more to illustrate the wonderful qualities of the pitbull than just focusing entirely on the competitions. I loved The Lost Dogs, so I was really surprised this book wasn't...more
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Shortly after his birth in Brooklyn, New York, Jim's family decamped for the greener pastures of northern New Jersey. Other than the four years when he escaped to college in the distant metropolis of Philadelphia, he’s spent his entire life in the Garden State, where he still lives with his wife and two children.

Jim Gorant's career in magazine publishing began in 1990 with a job at Good Housekeepi...more
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