Pit Bulls

About This Group:

This group is for anyone who wants to talk about pit bulls. You don't have to have one to join this group, if you've got an opinion or perhaps own one, this is the group for you. So much is written about pit bulls and there are so many misconceptions about this breed, hopefully this group can shed some more light on them.

+ POST to this thread
< Back to all threads


06:11 PM EST

'Pit Boss' Star Shorty Rossi Puts Passion for Pit Bulls First (Courtesy Animal Planet) Having worked with pit bulls since he was in junior high, Pit Boss star Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi knows a thing or two about the breed. In fact, he can relate to their plight: jailed for nearly 11 years at age 18 and standing at just 4-ft. tall, he's been known to feel like an outcast, too. "People don't understand how good pit bulls are, just as they don't always understand little people," Rossi, now 35, tells PEOPLEPets.com. "We're both short and stocky and have an attitude!" Rossi's passion for pit bulls really took off several years ago, when he went to L.A.'s North Central animal shelter to adopt a dog. "I saw a dog, paid for her, and was told to come back in four hours when she was fixed," he says. "When I came back, I was told to pick out another dog because mine was actually on death row and set to be euthanized. I threw a fit. Someone suggested I walk out the back door with the dog, so I did. And I've had her since then." He plays dad to five other pit bulls — including Hercules, a trained service dog (above) — as well. The accomplished actor — who runs a talent agency for little people called Shortywood — rescues and rehabilitates pit bulls with the help of his friends, also featured on the Animal Planet show. "If you come to our office in Venice, Calif., it's like nowhere in the world," he says. "You've got costumes flying, little people running around, me yelling and four or five pit bulls barking and having a blast." When Rossi gets a dog, he evaluates its temperament and health, and has it microchipped. "If we can't find the owner, we foster it out, and spread the word," he says. "We don't have any kennels." He has an ally in Exorcist star Linda Blair, who runs the rescue-focused World Heart Foundation. "She helps us take dogs and adopt them out," he explains. Proceeds from Shortywood benefit Blair's non-profit organization. Though placing pets is a big plus, another of Rossi's goals is reshaping the way people think of pit bulls. "These dogs aren't born to maul or kill, they're taught that by people who don't train them the right way," he says. To prove his theory, he brings his dogs to retirement homes, schools and other spots to promote pit bull awareness. "We didn't realize the response we'd get," he says. "People say, 'You changed my mind,' or, 'You showed me that they're great.' They see these dogs are not what everyone says they are." So with the first season of his show behind him, Rossi is looking forward to season two, recently announced by the network. "It's all reality, so we just have to see what happens," he says of upcoming episodes debuting this summer. "But I know we'll be doing whatever we can to promote these dogs."


11:42 AM EST

Looks like you guys were made to be partners. Any news from him?


04:31 AM EST

This is the best show for our misunderstood pitts. A pitt found me and my son about 4 years ago. No one claimed him, so I kept him in fear of him being put down or wrong hands. He's got K9 good citizenship certificate. He is now on his way to start competing for his ribbons. And to be the AMBASADOR FOR HIS BREED. Everyone who meets Ed falls in love with him. Ed knows how to work the people. Best dog ever. Come on people get to no our pitts before you open your mouth when you clearly don't know what you are talking about.,

+ POST to this thread
< Back to all threads