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by Jim Gorant

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Title:Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time
Authors:Jim Gorant
Info:Gotham (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
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  BookSpot | May 18, 2015 |
The author tells the incredible story of an unwanted pitbull who was rescued from a shelter and certain euthanasia, only to become a champion "disc dog", and goodwill ambassador for his breed. This is a well-written book: I kept reading in order to find out what would happen next. Recommended.
Here's Wallace in action: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xK4FXgbLW6w ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 15, 2015 |
It was okay - not the phenomenal story that I heard about in other reviews, but maybe the competitive energy just didn't affect me. Decent story, inspiring events, but a surprisingly depressing book. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
It was okay - not the phenomenal story that I heard about in other reviews, but maybe the competitive energy just didn't affect me. Decent story, inspiring events, but a surprisingly depressing book. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
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 flying disc, Roo Yori effectively gave his dog a “job,” something trainers will tell you dogs need to keep them from developing bad habits and behavior problems. From that point on, Wallace seems never to have another aggressive episode.

Another aspect of Wallace’s story that resonated with me is that even when it seemed like the sport was rough on Wallace’s body, Yori kept playing disc with him. Yori recognized that Wallace’s love of/drive for the disc was so strong, that Wallace would play long after the lights at the park went out. ( )
  keneumey | Jun 4, 2014 |
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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 immediately see that Wallace was something special. When Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down, he and his wife frantically fought to keep Wallace alive until they could adopt him, even though they already had two dogs. Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive dog Frisbee. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs are not, but that was fine with Roo because part of his mission was to change people's minds about pit bulls. Overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair persevered to become world champions.… (more)

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