Four Feet Tall & Rising

  • by Shorty Rossi, S. J. Hodges
  • Narrated by Shorty Rossi
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"[An] energetic autobiography." (Publishers Weekly)
“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)
“A candid, charged slice of personal history.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book, truly good person

Any additional comments?

I was already a fan of Shorty from watching Pit Boss, but now I'm over the top. Buy this book - you will be touched, impressed, and highly entertained. Shorty is an actor, so his performance is just as good as your favorite narrators. He will have you either laughing out loud or crying. Without a whiff of sentimentality, he makes you want to change the world and, even better, shows you that you can. Thank you, Shorty!

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- Karen Weisneck

PitBoss is Boss

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes he is so Awesome

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shorty it is his story about his life

What about Shorty Rossi’s performance did you like?

I liked that he narrated it

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes of course

Any additional comments?

get back to your Pitboss show Shorty I miss you on animal planet!

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- Judy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio