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Author: S. J. Hodges, Shorty Rossi Narrator: Shorty Rossi Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781452675619
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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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  • [An] energetic autobiography. Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

S. J. Hodges is an award-winning playwright and a writer for TV, screen, and print. She has also worked as a film industry reporter for Interview magazine and as an interstitial writer for A&E’s popular Biography series. Her publications include Party Favors, with Nicole Sexton, and An Uncommon Journey, with Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs.

About the Narrator

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.