My Life among the Underdogs

My Life among the Underdogs

by Tia Torres


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The beloved dog rescue advocate and star of Animal Planet’s hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees chronicles her life in this heartwarming memoir told through the stories of eleven of her best-loved dogs, capturing the spirit and heart of these beautiful, intelligent, and loving canines.

Tia Torres has devoted her life to shattering the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious animals prone to bad behavior. Through her hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees she has shown the world that these wonderful animals have nothing but love to give. As the owner of the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, the largest pit bull rescue facility in the United States, Tia knows firsthand that pit bulls’ easygoing, adaptable, and vulnerable nature allows them to be used and abused, giving them a bad rep.

In My Life Among the Underdogs, she combines never-before-told rescue tales with select stories from Pitbulls & Parolees, introducing such amazing, affectionate dogs as Tatanka, Joe, LA, Duke, Moose, Monster, Lucky, Bluie, and Taz, who overcame abuse, trauma, and neglect to become forgiving and adoring friends and helpmates. A sweet and stirring gallery of unforgettable canines, My Life Among the Underdogs captures the hearts of dog lovers everywhere and is a testament to the loyalty, love, and devotion these dogs have to offer—if they’re only given the chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062419798
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 7,013
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tia Torres is the founder and proprietor of Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest Pit Bull facility in the United States, and the star of the hugely popular Animal Planet show Pit Bulls & Parolees, which has been on the air since 2009. After serving six years in the army, Torres worked for a Los Angeles city program to curb gang violence, serving as a liaison between the city and gang members. She also became an advocate for Pit Bulls, forming the Pit Bull Support Group, which offered free classes and assistance for Pit Bull owners. In 2006, she launched Underdawgz, a program that pairs parolees with rescue dogs. Tia lives somewhere in the swamps of south Louisiana with eight dogs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Tatanka Buffalo Girl 15

A Dog Named L.A. The Princess and the Pit 39

Duke The Action Hero 51

Moose The Reluctant Rock Star 76

From Delinquent to Drug Detector Junkyard Joe 96

Monster A Dog and His Boy 122

Lucky The One-Woman Dog 151

Bluie The Knight in Silver Armor 189

Taz The Little Dog with Nine Lives 209

About Villalobos 225

Acknowledgments 227

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My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried. What a great read..thank you for all you and your family do for the Underdawz!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. Just wasn’t quite log enough. I just finished. The entire book was like sitting down with Tia and listening to her stories
Anonymous 20 hours ago
Great quick read, most entertaining
Anonymous 27 days ago
I managed to cry after every chapter!!!! Some cliches. You can tell this was written by a real person that didn’t spread their whole life earning an English and literature degree but that’s why it was so good; it was real, authentic.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very few books make me laugh until my sides split and bawl my heart out. This one did both. It was a very quick read that left me wanting more, and the creativity in centering the chapters around specific dogs really puts this far and beyond other memoirs I’ve read... five stars aren’t enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading this!! I laughed, I cried, and I was humbled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was looking forward to finding out more about Tia' s life leading up to the recuse. I already know a lot of the info on these featured dogs from watching the show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book !!! Smooth, easy, engaging read -- anyone who loves animals will love this book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Can't wait for next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. It ended too soon. Need a sequel please.