Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir
Shorty Rossi, SJ Hodges
Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing famous person of Animal Planet’s hit exhibit Pit Boss, could stand purely 4 ft tall yet that hasn’t stopped him from dwelling huge, turning into a winning businessman and an outspoken suggest for pit bulls, the main misunderstood breed of puppy within the world.
A 3rd new release dwarf, ex-gang member, and ex-con, Shorty is familiar with what it’s prefer to be misunderstood and during this candid memoir, he stocks his own tale for the 1st time. nobody anticipated Shorty to stay not to mention be triumphant, and but he has, overcoming each problem, from an abusive domestic to the violent streets and gangs of South relevant l. a., to the infamous mobile blocks of Folsom legal the place he was once imprisoned for tried murder.
After 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days at the back of bars, Shorty won his freedom and the opportunity to place his entrepreneurial and negotiation abilities to the attempt. He minimize the ribbon on his personal enterprise, Shortywood, with 3 objectives: to show his lifestyles round, act as a expertise agent for little humans and identify and fund charities that recommend for, rescue and position deserted or abused pit bulls into secure homes. within the procedure, he turned a reality-TV famous person. Now, with Hercules, his rescued pit bull and newly educated provider puppy through his part, Shorty maintains to avoid wasting pits from the basements and backyards of breeders and abusers whereas taking over new or even greater demanding situations. And not anything is gonna stand in his approach.
Shorty Rossi is 4 toes tall—and emerging.
form of unconditional help was once whatever I’d by no means skilled within my very own residence. In Texas, I had fabric comforts, a white local, and protection within the streets, yet within the tasks, I had love, and that’s all that mattered. Having to fly again to Texas after spending the weekend with the Baileys used to be miserable. I by no means desired to get on that aircraft. Robert must speak me into it. existence in Texas with Dad had long past from depressing to insufferable. It was once the worst time in my existence. Janet.
capture as much as Uncle D. He acquired busted for ownership, and never lengthy after he was once locked up, i used to be arrested myself. no longer for counting his funds. Or crossing the border with medications in a trunk. Or for sneaking my homies into the legislations place of work such a lot nights. No, the educate that got here barreling down the tracks at me had big-ass lighting. i used to be arrested for tried homicide. three Felon used to be striking with a number of idiots, 4 men named Dante, Lewis, T.J., and Bernard. those have been neighbors of mine. no less than, I.
Spent a lot time with them within the first position, and that i used to be long gone for thus lengthy. they'd no means of figuring out whatever i used to be doing, other than what they heard out of Dad’s mouth. fact wasn’t his uniqueness. Then Janet referred to as the felony and had them notify me that Nonnie died. i used to be devastated to listen to approximately Nonnie. I enjoyed her. now not having the ability to visit her funeral was once a crushing loss. She was once my family members. i used to be nonetheless envious approximately mum and dad placing her in a house. She’d been so solid to me. I needed to write.
Vet tech, a vet assistant, giving photographs, drugs, assisting the surgical procedures, doing whatever and every thing for the canines. I couldn’t stand seeing pit bulls in these cages. i began rescuing canine one after the other, with out notion as to how I’d feed, condo, and retain them. I simply couldn’t stand to work out them left there to die. The pound used to be a totally varied global from the puppy hotel. It jogged my memory loads of going from my youth within the suburbs to residing within the initiatives. The canines on the hotel had.
Trains and had an intricate teach setup within the yard. And, after all, I needed to purchase a motorcycle. My mom and dad bought suspicious and checked my checking account. I lied and stated the financial institution stole my funds. They didn’t purchase it. I obtained the ass-whooping of my lifestyles. I extensively utilized a few of the funds to shop for a typewriter. In my brain, having a typewriter was once an integral part of being a businessman. I even typed out company principles for my destiny corporation. Rule number 1 used to be I’m The Boss. Rule quantity was once everybody.