Stay, sit, beg, heel, speak, love via New York Post
Underdog to Champion Disc Dog via LIpetplace.com
“Gorant’s (The Lost Dogs) compelling and surprisingly elegant book tells the story of Wallace, a pit bull with a bad reputation who transforms with the love of a young couple. Rescued as a puppy from an abandoned breeding operation, adopted by a police officer, then reabandoned, Wallace ends up at the Paws & Claws Animal Shelter in Rochester, Minn., where he becomes the black sheep, displaying aggressive behavior toward both dogs and humans. Enter Andrew “Roo” Yori and his wife, Clara, self-professed “dog nerds” who immediately sense that there is “a good dog in there somewhere.” They advocate relentlessly for him, while biases against pit bulls and apprehension about his behavior cause the shelter to consider euthanasia. The Yoris eventually adopt Wallace, and shortly afterward discover his talent for competitive Frisbee. 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 saccharine, and Wallace’s story will charm even readers who never knew they were interested in pit bulls or disc dogs.” —Publisher's Weekly
Four years ago I met my first pit bull. I had no idea how it would change my life. One magazine cover story and a bestselling book followed. I assumed that would be it. But when I met Roo and Clara Yori and heard the story of Wallace, I knew I wasn't done. Wallace's rise from underdog to image-changer is a much different story than that of The Lost Dogs, but it's similar in some essential ways: it's about second chances, hidden potential and confounding expectations. I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as I did
Wallace is a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier. He was found as a stray and turned into the Humane Society. Wallace is one of the highest drive dogs I have ever come across, so it was no surprise that he did not do well in the kennel environment. Unfortunately, the “low kill” shelter that is set up to help him, started targeting him for euthanasia because he was a “liability”. He wasn't an angel by any means, but what do you expect from an off-the-chart working dog that was bored out of his mind. The organization does some good things. This was just eye opening to the amount of misunderstanding there is regarding this breed among the people that are supposed to be there to help, and how much politics can affect the lives of the animals that are in a shelter's care.
With the help of some others, my wife and I were able to pull him out before he was put down. We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak, and since being rescued Wallace has surpassed any expectations we could have imagined. Our mission now is to use Wallace's story to inspire other bully owners to get out there and show off their fellow breed ambassadors. We also want to educate as many people as we can about the truth regarding these dogs. Since taking on this mission, Wallace has earned the respect of people from all over the world. And he competes right along side the best disc dogs on the planet. A list of his accomplishments is listed below. However, Wallace doesn't care if he gets a trophy or not. He just knows he's alive and he's having fun chasing a piece of flying plastic all over the country. At each competition we've been to, whether we take home the gold or just end up back at home, we have changed the mind of somebody and opened their eyes to think differently about the “Pit Bull” breed. That's what it's all about!! —Roo Yori