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Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir

by Shorty Rossi

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This is the inspiring story of Shorty Rossi, ex-con, pit bull lover and rescuerer, and talent agent for Little People. Shorty accomplishes things that would make a six foot man turn and walk away. ( )
  wearylibrarian | May 18, 2012 |
You may know Shorty Rossi as “The Pit Boss”. He has had a big impact on Animal Planet, and the world of dogs. In spite of his size and stature, Shorty Rossi is indeed “four feet tall & rising”.

As a little person, Luigi “Shorty” Rossi learned that life was going to be very different for him than for that of his peers. He also learned that what didn’t kill him made him stronger. Tenacity became Shorty’s way.

A turbulent childhood only made Shorty more determined to go for more, try harder, to make the most of what he had but not to settle for it. Shorty took all that was available to him and sought more. Shorty took it upon himself to use his intelligence and wits to do whatever it took to get out of a difficult life.

In youth, Shorty Rossi struggled with many things that we all do: family, peer pressure, and all that is youth. For him it lead to gang situations, legal troubles, and time in prison. Again, it only made the tenacious Shorty more determined to rise above all the difficulties that surrounded him. He knew he was better than that and wanted better out of life.

With so many hard learned lessons behind him, Shorty now knew what and who is important to him. He had found that dog is indeed this man’s best friend. Shorty and the Pit Bull had formed a bond. Shorty found a devotion and unconditional love beyond what he had ever known. And he found a purpose.

While Shorty Rossi owns and operates a talent agency for “little people”, his number one business is his pit bull dog rescue. It doesn’t stop there. In saving Pit Bulls, Shorty is just as determined to educate people on this unique breed of dog.

Personally, I have a deep respect for Luigi “Shorty” Rossi, and for his mission. He has taken a life of personal struggle and turned it into an inspirational story of success, on many levels. He is a man larger than life, with heart and soul. ( )
  nightprose | May 14, 2012 |
I may be biased, as I am a fan of Pit Boss, but I loved this book. Shorty has lived an incredible life, and he relates it to the reader in a straightforward, no regrets manner. His story is one of survival, of learning from mistakes, and of giving back. I found it inspiring. ( )
  jugglingpaynes | Feb 29, 2012 |
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Life of an ex-con
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307985881, Hardcover)

Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet’s hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall but that hasn’t stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood breed of dog in the world.
 
A third generation dwarf, ex-gang member, and ex-con, Shorty knows what it’s like to be misunderstood and in this candid memoir, he shares his personal story for the first time. No one expected Shorty to live let alone succeed, and yet he has, overcoming every challenge, from an abusive home to the violent streets and gangs of South Central LA, to the notorious cell blocks of Folsom Prison where he was imprisoned for attempted murder.
 
After 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days behind bars, Shorty gained his freedom and the chance to put his entrepreneurial and negotiation skills to the test. He cut the ribbon on his own business, Shortywood, with three goals: to turn his life around, act as a talent agent for little people and establish and fund charities that advocate for, rescue and place abandoned or abused pit bulls into safe homes.  In the process, he became a reality-TV star. Now, with Hercules, his rescued pit bull and newly trained service dog by his side, Shorty continues to save pits from the basements and backyards of breeders and abusers while taking on new and even bigger challenges.  And nothing is gonna stand in his way.
Shorty Rossi is four feet tall—and rising.  

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A pit-bull advocate and star of the hit Animal Planet show "The Pit Boss" shares his story, from his ten-year stint in jail for attempted murder to his new lease on life.

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