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Love, loss and labradors

David Wheaton, who was born in Minneapolis, writes about the ups and downs of life as a professional tennis player and the companionship with his yellow lab, in “My Boy, Ben.” He’ll sign his book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery.

“My Boy, Ben” is the true story of a young man’s journey and the profound impact a dog can have on one’s life.

That young man is former international tennis star David Wheaton.

Wheaton will be signing his newest book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery.

“David Wheaton has written an inspiring story about his relationship with his dog, a yellow lab named Ben,” said Sally Wills, co-owner of Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery.

“We’re pleased that we’re able to bring David to Park Rapids to share this story with us. And we’re so happy that the Headwaters Animal Shelter will be part of the event.”

In conjunction with the book signing, the Headwater Animal Shelter will hold an adoption event in the bookstore’s backyard for dogs seeking forever homes.

“There’ll be treats for everyone who comes – dog-shaped cookies for humans and dog treats for dogs,” said Wills. “We’re looking forward to a fun time.”

“My Boy, Ben: A Story of Love, Loss and Grace” is David’s second book.

It’s a special dog story “that is personal and transparent and culminates with an uplifting message about how God’s grace provides comfort, strength and hope in our most trying times,” according to the book publisher Tristan Publishing, Inc. of Golden Valley, Minn.

Wheaton is a contributing columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the host of The Christian Worldview, a weekly, nationally syndicated radio program.

During his 13 years as a professional tennis player, Wheaton reached the semifinals or better in singles or doubles of every Grand Slam tournament from 1988-2001, including the semi-finals of singles at Wimbledon. He attained a world ranking of No. 12, won the prestigious Grand Slam Cup, represented the U.S. in a Davis Cup competition and scored victories over notable players such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Wheaton now lives near where he grew up in Minnesota with his wife, their son and two Labrador retrievers.

To learn more, visit www.DavidWheaton.com.

Former tennis pro will sign his latest book, while

animal shelter seeks loving homes for dogs

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