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Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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– Publishers Weekly
“A candid, charged slice of personal history.”
“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!...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.”
— Library Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
I have never been more anxious to consume a book and learn more about a man whom I respect and admire.
if you ever had a question about Shorty Rossi the PIT BOSS.. its all here, AND THEN SOME!..
Great story telling, honest read..
fighting adversity for pitbulls BSL and little people alike.. Shorty has left his mark on both, and will go down in history for his efforts (even if he is an ass about it )
The struggle of life, for dreams and equality. This is Shortys best effort in educating people about Pit bulls, the horrifying ways they are treated, and how we can help stop the pit bull ban and BSL laws.
The love Shorty has for his dogs is amazing, and through that, it fuels him to go nonstop in effort for change.
its a MUST read..
a newfound admiration and respect for the foul mouthed ex-con :) . 10 stars **********
From the first page, which is especially dear to me, Shorty opens up about his appreciation for swearing. I am a lover of words who shares this attachment to vulgar language, and so this announcement hooked me right from the start. But on a deeper level, Shorty's introduction fairly warns readers that he has never, and will never, sugarcoat anything. He is a man of blatant honesty and never apologizes for being so. As well he shouldn't. In American society, especially in Los Angeles where Shorty works, people are flimsier than paper and will tell you anything for a buck. That's why this memoir was so endearing to me, because he shares the ugly truth no matter how much people may like him to pretty it up.
Reading about his years spent behind bars were absolutely fascinating, mainly because readers were finally able to share in more of his journey. Anyone who has watched even one episode of Pit Boss knows that Shorty Rossi spent ten years in prison, but there is so much more to it than that. I found myself saying "Oh my God!" out loud several times while reading about the gritty details of prison life, such as how Shorty was charged by an angry Aryan carrying a shank, or how he spoke to Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker. I won't give away too many details, as this memoir should be personally read by anyone who can read, but it is very rare that a book will make me sit up and exclaim vocally while I'm reading.Read more ›
Like the TV show Pit Bulls are not left out of the story. One reason I liked Shorty so much is his passion for his Pits. After seeing 'Pit Boss' my idea of Pit Bulls changed completely and I give him credit for that. While I'm not a Little Person I'm not very tall and I've always been afraid of dogs. If someone like Shorty can take care and walk Pits and even have one as his right hand man 'Hercules' as his service dog I doubt they are as big and scary as I imagined or was forced to imagine from the media. The more research I did the more I realized that Pits are better dogs then most I grew up with. I enjoyed learning how he rescued his first Pit 'Geisha' and his current service dog 'Hercules'. I've never had a dog and Pit Bulls were last on my list for a dog but they have been bumped up due to Shorty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book and explains a lot about the personality of this pit bull protector.Published 11 months ago by DANA VANSCOY
Beautifully written & so honest. Love Shorty Rossi and all he does for the Pit Bull breed. He isn't ashamed of anything he has done or will do in the future for the breed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carroll Swager
What a great life story and very inspiring. Shorty is an awesome person. The world would be a better place if all of us had his heart. love, and tenacity. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was lucky enough to meet Shorty Rossi at a pet expo a few years back and purchased this book, got it autographed and began reading it that night. Fantastic book! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amanda
I chose to rate this book a 5 out of 5 because as shorty was telling the story, I felt like I was there with him the entire timePublished 15 months ago by Kj Berryhill
I am a great Shorty Rossi, Pitboss, and pitbull lover and advocate. I really am really not into biographies, but thus kept me in the entire story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Delaney Toler