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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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"As host of Animal Planet's Pit Bull show, Rossi has become a name in the animal rescue community for his fierce advocacy for the interests of the pit bull, which he sees as a misunderstood breed. In this energetic autobiography, Rossi — a 'third-generation Little Person' tells a fascinating life story, including his early escape from his dysfunctional, antisocial dad; living on the street at age 14 and becoming a legendary white member of the L.A. Crips gang, which led to a 10-year prison sentence; and his postprison career as the head of a talent agency for little people. Through it all, however, runs the thread of Rossi's relationship with pit bulls, from the first pit that helped him through his tough adolescence to the number of pits he currently owns. Starting with one 'spark' — 'to convince kids in the projects that pit bulls weren't dangerous and shouldn't be used for fighting' — Rossi starts his own rescue service, which allows him to free dozens of pit bulls and develop an in-your-face approach to people who mistreat the breed. This led to his discovery by Animal Planet and his development as a dynamic television personality. But Rossi makes no apologies for his passion: 'Dog rescue often turns normal, good-intentioned people into crazy fanatics.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi is the star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss, the owner of Shortywood Entertainment, a talent management company for Little People, and the owner of Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue.

www.shortywood.com

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Oleofox, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
I have been a big fan of the show Pit Boss since it first aired. Shorty is as inspiring as he is infuriating. He definitely can be demanding, as evidenced on the show, but he truly loves his Pit Bulls and those that he rescues and speaks up for. I know I personally would never be able to stand working for him like his employees do (they definitely get major props for sticking it out). But his determination is what makes him a good representative in the fight against BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and in helping change the minds of the world in regards to how they view the Pit Bull breed. His past is explored in this memoir and you can't help but realize how far he has come; and how difficult the obstacles were in his path of becoming one of the few ex-criminals who become law abiding and contributing members of society. I don't know the exact statistics, but I imagine that very few end up with good lives and even fewer come out as far ahead of the pack as Shorty has done. His hard work and determination is really something that everyone should aspire to. He may be prone to anger and rough around the edges, but I firmly believe that anyone who can love a dog is a person you can trust to speak up for you.
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McGuffy Ann, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
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.
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Ksimmers6, February 25, 2012 (view all comments by Ksimmers6)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307985880
Author:
Rossi, Shorty
Publisher:
Crown Archetype
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.33 x 1.06 in 1.06 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As host of Animal Planet's Pit Bull show, Rossi has become a name in the animal rescue community for his fierce advocacy for the interests of the pit bull, which he sees as a misunderstood breed. In this energetic autobiography, Rossi — a 'third-generation Little Person' tells a fascinating life story, including his early escape from his dysfunctional, antisocial dad; living on the street at age 14 and becoming a legendary white member of the L.A. Crips gang, which led to a 10-year prison sentence; and his postprison career as the head of a talent agency for little people. Through it all, however, runs the thread of Rossi's relationship with pit bulls, from the first pit that helped him through his tough adolescence to the number of pits he currently owns. Starting with one 'spark' — 'to convince kids in the projects that pit bulls weren't dangerous and shouldn't be used for fighting' — Rossi starts his own rescue service, which allows him to free dozens of pit bulls and develop an in-your-face approach to people who mistreat the breed. This led to his discovery by Animal Planet and his development as a dynamic television personality. But Rossi makes no apologies for his passion: 'Dog rescue often turns normal, good-intentioned people into crazy fanatics.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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