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Four Feet Tall & Rising

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Edition: , CD

Publisher: Tantor Media Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9781452605616

ISBN-10: 1452605610

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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 dog breed 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 challenges 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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Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9781452605616
ISBN-10: 1452605610
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.44
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.44 x 1.1 x 5.49

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Review by Library Journal (2012-01-13)

Fans of Animal Planet's Pit Boss will recognize Rossi as talent manager and owner of Shortywood Entertainment and founder of Shorty's Pit Bull Rescue. Here, he tells his life story-and what a story it is! A third-generation Little Person, Rossi wasn't expected to survive infancy, but, in his first defiance of authority, he was born without the limitations doctors predicted. After an abusive childhood, Rossi fled the suburbs for the projects of South Central Los Angeles, where he became the only white member of The Bloods.

A gangland shoot-out led to an attempted murder charge and a ten-year prison stint, which Rossi credits with saving his life. Through education, anger-management classes, and business acumen picked up from being a housing clerk in Folsom State Prison, Rossi launched an entertainment career. At the same time, his love for pit bulls turned him from animal hoarder to activist.

Verdict: Rossi's riveting account includes prison encounters with Richard "Night Stalker" Ramirez and Rick James, his stint as Alvin at Universal Studios, and dealing with international fame as a reality-television star. Funny and foul-mouthed, Rossi and his book have tremendous appeal.

-Terry Bosky, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., West Palm Beach, FL

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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 dog breed 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 challenges 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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