My first book review & recommendation… “Four Feet Tall & Rising” by Shorty Rossi. Available on Kindle, hardcover, and audio. I had the pleasure of just finishing this in the audio version, read by the author. He’s a character, for sure.
Hopefully, some of you have already heard of, and maybe watch, his Animal Planet show, “Pit Boss.” I certainly hope so. If you don’t, and you love dogs, it’s a must. This wonderful little man is a powerhouse! His love for pitbulls is endless. His advocacy for the breed is tireless. He’s a ‘little person’ with a huge heart and huge personality to match.
His book is a memoir, and he lets it all hang out. He had an unhappy childhood with a controlling, abusive father. He started hanging out with gangs and wound up in prison for 10 years. Upon his release, he was able to turn his life around and form a talent agency for little people in Hollywood. In addition to that, he runs “Shorty’s Rescue,” which helps find homes for abused and neglected pitbulls. He promotes the breed as their true selves – loving and sweet. Not the killing machines they’ve been branded.
At times emotional, others hilarious, this book is one I wholeheartedly recommend! He is one of a kind, and I truly admire him. I wish there were more people like him in the world who puts his money where his mouth is…he doesn’t just talk about saving the breed…he does it. He has six of his own pitbulls, which are featured in his show.
At the same time I recommend his book, I strongly recommend his show!! My husband and I have been watching it since the first episode, and it’s wonderful. Big dogs and little people, which is how the show was first pitched.
I have my own personal spreadsheet, where I keep track of every book I’ve read and how I would rate it. The system is 1-5, with 5 being the best. Shorty’s book is a wholehearted 5!