Wally's World: Life with Wally the Wonder Dog

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Macmillan, Jul 22, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

It takes about sixty-three days to make a litter of puppies, but sixty-three years later the people who loved those puppies remember the dogs they became.
When a puppy that fit into a baseball cap entered bestselling author and shepherd Marsha Boulton’s life she had no idea he was really a rambunctious kid in a dog suit. Wally (named after the poet Wallace Stevens), a loopy-nosed bull terrier whose face looked like a bicycle seat with eyes, became more of an experience than a dog from the moment he arrived at Lambs’ Quarters Farm. He proved to be a valuable hand on the farm and an even more valuable companion. The spoiled, personality-loaded, soccer-playing pup quickly developed a penchant for high-thread-count linens, organic beef, and gourmet cooking. Life was good.
Then all hell broke loose. An intense legal battle engulfed Marsha’s partner, Stephen, and plunged the couple into a punishing, decade-long struggle. During that time Marsha was also diagnosed with cancer. With his indomitable spirit and wild enthusiasms, Wally’s unrelenting appetite for life and carpe diem attitude renewed the couple’s ability to step outside themselves and gave them the strength and perspective they needed to persevere. Whether playing class clown at puppy school or looking up the skirts of judges at dog shows, Wally the Wonder Dog ensured that serious laughter was a daily routine. Wally’s World is a raucous memoir, a roller-coaster ride with an irrepressible partner in paws who is impossible to forget.

 

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I received this book in June 2012 from a good friend who was fighting cancer. Unfortunately a few months later she lost her fight and it took me until now to read this book and be ready to let it go ... Read full review

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OK, I saw the dog on the front, read the blurb about the great bull terrier... and had to take the book out from the library. However, instead of being a typical my dog in my life memoir, Boulton ... Read full review

Contents

There Were Always Dogs
1
We Move to the Farm
14
Passing Southern Winds
23
All Good Dogs
32
We Find Wally
43
The Homecoming
49
House Rules
55
Puppy Coming Through
61
Goofy Guts
159
Off to Jail
164
The Kindness of Strangers
169
Let Old Wrinkles Come
178
Addressing the Bone
185
Spelling Trouble
190
By the Book
194
Tunnel Vision
199

Cats and Bales and Puppy Dog Tails
68
An Odd Duck Calls at Christmas
75
A Mind of Winter
82
Cracking the Rules
87
A Cuckoos Nest
92
Cabin Fever
97
Puppy Logic
104
These Dogs Hunt
110
Anonymity at the Other End of the Leash
113
Riding the Trail
121
Natural Instinct
126
Nothing Too Outlandish
132
Saw You on TV
139
Dirty Tricks
145
Do the Hucklebutt
153
Wally at the Met
203
A Raid at Dawn
209
When a House Is Not a Home
213
The Fugitive Card
217
Making It in New York
223
Rattling Cages
227
Overreach and Overkill
232
Still in There
237
A Terrierist in the Office
242
Trubbles on the Wane
246
Make That Day Last for All Time
251
Always Trust Your Cape
256
Heres to Life
261
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About the author (2008)

Marsha Boulton is an award-winning, bestselling author and speaker. She continues to write and maintain her farm in southwestern Ontario with her partner, Stephen Williams, and their furry child, a bull terrier puppy named Monk. She has been a contributor to programs such as Fresh Air on public radio for a more than a decade. She is the recipient of the Leacock Medal for Humor and is recognized by a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture. She is the only Shepherd-Author listed in Who’s Who of Canada.

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