Not Bad For Anyone, Let Alone An Unwanted Pit Bull

I don’t know how many of you know about Wallace but he is one of my biggest canine heroes. Yes, he is a pit bull. Yes, he was originally owned by a dog fighting ring. Yes, he was adopted from a shelter after being slated for euthanasia. These are all good reasons to put him up as a dog of note. Most dogs born into the world with those three strikes against them don’t make it through very well. That’s just fact.

However, even if Wallace had come from happier circumstances, the things he has achieved are pretty dang impressive. Most dogs don’t achieve the things he has. Most people haven’t made as significant a contribution to the lives of others as Wallace. I can’t help but admire the heck out of him and his human family for putting so much energy into something they believe in.

Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs, wrote a terrific account of Wallace’s challenging start and his efforts to becoming a disc dog champion. I was a huge fan before I read it and am an even bigger one now – not just of Wallace himself but of the people behind him.

It takes a lot of solid work to claim the success of Wallace and his handler, Andrew Yori. Work and patience and confidence. Reading about their experiences highlighted for me why some people reach their goals and why some never will. It has nothing to do with background or money. It’s the willingness to sacrifice everything else, to find a way despite the obstacles, to shove everything else aside in order to accomplish one’s dream.

I don’t think I have that kind of single-mindedness. I know I don’t. But I am exhilarated by following the lives of those who do.

After watching some cool videos of pit bull weight-pulling contests on Something Wagging This Way Comes I remembered that weight-pulling was how Wallace got his start. While the dog waited in the shelter for his forever home, volunteer trainer Yori had the idea of harnessing him to a tire in order to drain some of his energy. It worked to some pretty awesome results and Wallace was eventually a champion of that sport as well.

Though this was several years ago, I figured there had to be some early videos of Wallace on Youtube and spent a few hours last night looking them up. Naturally, I have to share with you my favourite one. They are all worth watching but the one I loved the most is a compilation of all of Wallace’s achievements in weight-pulling and disc in under two years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

21 thoughts on “Not Bad For Anyone, Let Alone An Unwanted Pit Bull

  1. He’s got a very impressive list of accomplishments! I agree, I think a lot of why people succeed at something is because they have drive to do that and nothing else. Of course, some skill and training has to come in at some point, too. Finding that balance between what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about creates some pretty remarkable results.

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  2. What a very happy dog. It’s so great that someone saw his potential and was able to channel the energy into so much happiness and entertainment.

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  3. Great video; thanks for sharing world-wide the message of great Pit Bulls in action. Pitties were the American baby sitting dogs in our early history of 1900’s all across America. They are a loving, loyal, family centered dog to enjoy and trust. Only when humans force them to fight do they have to change. Shame on all those who try to destroy the Pitties of the world!!!!

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  4. Wallace is a great ambassador for the breed. It’s hard to believe that these once prized all-American dogs are now stereo-typed as mean-aggressive dogs. Thanks for the video! πŸ™‚

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  5. I haven’t heard of Wallace before, thanks for introducing me to him… he rocks!!!! That was just absoultely amazing! Wow… and he’s such a cutie too!

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  6. Been a fan of Wallace for a long time. I adored him then, I adore him now for what he represented in his youth. Really inspiring. I think I’m finally nailing down what I want to accomplish with Elli the same way Wallace and Yori stuck to Disc and Weight Pull.

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  7. That’s an awesome video. I was amazed at the weight he could pull but not at the fact that he could overcome such beginnings. Dogs have incredible hearts which are typically capable of so much more than we are. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. There’s a pit bull down the block from me that I’m sure was rescued from a dog fighting ring. He’s awesome with people, but goes completely berserk when he sees another dog. He even attacked Our Best Friend once. 😦

    But at least he’s alive, and being given a chance. Three cheers for Wallace, who made it all the way.

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  9. How crazy, I was just at Chapters the other day and saw his book. I put it on the back burner for now because I had gone for two others, but now I regret not getting this one, too!

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  10. Whoa, that is amazing! Wallace is so lucky he ended up with people who are so energetic and were able to expose him to the activities that would bring out his potential. Thanks for the inspiring post!

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  11. Wallace has a fantastic story – he’s an ambassador for his breed! It’s unfortunate that so many people have misguided opinions about pit bulls. Clearly, they’re great dogs capable of accomplishing so much if they just have some help. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thanks for sharing the video. Strangely enough, I just heard about Wallace for the first time a few days ago, because one of my friends just read his book and recommended it to me. Now with two recommendations, I had better put it on my wishlist! πŸ™‚

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