My bet is that every pet blogger on the interwebz is blogging about Wallace the Pit Bull today. I hope they are. He made a huge impact on the community and his legacy will live on.
I'm not a bit embarrassed to say that I'm writing this post through tears, which may seem odd to you. It's odd to me. Odd because I never met the wonder pooch in person. Even so, he taught me many lessons through researching and writing about him for a variety of media outlets and through his Facebook page and his book, "Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time."
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the phenom, here's his public bio: Wallace was a shelter dog turned disc champion. He won the 2006
Cynosport World Games and the 2007 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
National Championship for flying disc, changing minds one disc at a
time. He has been enjoying retirement for a couple of years since. Now
he has hemangiosarcoma and transitional cell carcinoma, two aggressive
cancers, and is working his way through his bucket list adventures.
Read his book "Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a
Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls-- One Flying Disc at a Time".
He was a champion of the pit bull breed, a perfect breed ambassador. It's sad that the breed needs ambassadors but that's the lousy state of affairs. Pits are sturdy and strong, with a perceived insensitivity to pain. Because of this, they have been bred and trained to fight, for man's entertainment. Sick, sick, sick. So now, society thinks of them as 'bad, mean dogs.' Um, isn't that backwards?
Dragging myself off the soapbox and getting back to Wallace (although this soapbox and Wallace's mission are one in the same). Wallace and his humans, Roo and Clara, were (and are) a force. I am honored to be one of the millions that helped spread their powerful message.
In case you missed it, here are their final words to all of us. I couldn't have said it better myself.
It's time.... I've given my life everything I
have. I'm continuing to be strong because that's who I am, but Roo and
Clara can tell that it's now time for me to rest. This time will come
for all of us. We don't always have control over when
it does, but we do have control over being satisfied at that moment
knowing we gave it our best shot. Though my body will soon be gone, my
hope is that you will continue to tell my story, so Wallace the Pit Bull
lives on. Roo and Clara will have more to say after I pass, and my
hope is that people will listen to the lessons we all learned through
our time together. I would like to thank everybody for their
overwhelming support. Without all of you, I would not have been able to
make the same impact; then, now, and in the future. I thank you for
that, but more importantly, other dogs like me thank you as well.
Remember, there are great dogs of all shapes and sizes in shelters
across the country. They are there through no fault of their own. So
please, when you're looking for your next dog, think about giving one of
them a second chance. You just never know how it will turn out. With
that, I say good-bye. Try not to be sad. Instead celebrate my life. I
do not need to live longer because I can die contentedly. That is
something I wish for all living beings. - Wallace the Pit Bull