The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time
By Jim Gorant
Gotham Books, Paperback, 9781592408375, 267pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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.
Praise for WALLACE:
"Compelling and surprisingly elegant [...] Wallace's story will charm even readers who never knew they were interested in put bulls or disc dogs."
"Dog lovers will certainly enjoy the story of Wallace’s journey."
Praise for THE LOST DOGS:
“Gorant’s fine book is a heartwarming tale of how the love and commitment of a community can heal even the deepest and most abhorrent of traumas.”
“Readers of Gorant’s book will want to jump up and whoop, ‘Good dog!’”
—The Boston Globe
The Lost Dogs “has the quality of a page-turner as it chronicles the entire story, in all its upsetting detail, of the dogs' rescue and re-entry into the world."
—Los Angeles Times
“A well-researched, moving account”
—The New Yorker Book Bench
"The Lost Dogs shows us that goodness can be found in the places where we may least expect it.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
"The best and most important book about animals written in 2010"
—The San Francisco Chronicle