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My Life Among the Underdogs
My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir | Tia Torres
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The beloved dog rescue advocate and star of Animal Planets 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 offerif theyre only given the chance.
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xxjenadanxx
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SO MUCH CRYING.

This is a quick read. It's a kind of a love letter to the dogs Tia and her family have rescued over the years and the ones who have saved them in return. A few times it got a bit repetitive but that's okay because DOGS. It was really cool learning about how Tia got started in rescue and all the amazing opportunities she has had to advocate for Pit Bulls, as well as her and her pups experience in the entertainment industry.

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OneCent76
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Tia focuses mainly on the dogs that made the biggest impacts on the lives of her and her family. I laughed and I cried. The homeless animals have been so fortunate to have Villalobos taking care of them. I appreciate all the education and work that Tia and Villalobos has done. This is a great book if you want to learn how Tia got started in rescue and some big adventures she has had with these dogs.

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Lindy
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I‘d never heard of Tia Torres or her tv show Pit Bulls and Parolees before listening to this #audiobook. The author narrates her own work & her larger-than-life personality comes through with as much power as her hyperbolic style. I call this a pick with reservations; it‘s for readers interested in people with strong passions, and, of course, dogs—and don‘t mind hearing animals described in anthropomorphic terms.

MayJasper Thanks for your review @Lindy I don't think it's for me 5mo
wanderinglynn I have seen a couple of episodes of her show. I admire the work she does because both pit bulls and parolees have negative stereotypes. It‘s amazing to see a tough-as-nails, life hardened parolee become big teddy bear with the dog he‘s working with. I‘m also a big fan of the various animal programs in prisons too. #animalsrule 5mo
audraelizabeth I agree with you @wanderinglynn 5mo
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While most young girls my age were begging to get their ears pierced, I wanted a set of piercing yellow eyes just like the wolves of Alaska had.
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Cathythoughts ♥️💔 5mo
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Tanzy13
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I was finally able to sit down and read and finish a whole book today, life has been a time and I almost forgot how much I enjoy reading a good book, I really need to start finding more time in my life for reading 📚

(I also have the best reading companions) 🐶🐰❤️

emmalouise1 Your reading companions are the cutest 😍😍 8mo
Tanzy13 @emmalouise1 couldn‘t agree more and thank you 🙂🐶🐰 8mo
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emmalouise1 @Tanzy13 your welcome 😘 8mo
BookNAround Sweet bun! And sweet floofy pooch! (edited) 8mo
JeannieReads Bunny love! ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
BeckyandBooks I wish our bunny would chill like that. He just wants to hop all over. 8mo
Tanzy13 @BeckyB she does that to but she also enjoys her naps lol 🐰 8mo
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Tanzy13
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📚❤️

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Tanzy13
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my day = ❄️🐶🐰☕️📚

Tanzy13 it has been snowing on and off all week and were supposed to get 12in more this week ❄️ 10mo
Mdargusch That‘s crazy! 🥶🥶🥶 10mo
tracey38 Sounds like the perfect cuddle day! 10mo
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Tanzy13
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🙂🐶🐰📚

GondorGirl Bunny! 🐇 10mo
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Tanzy13
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just picked this up today, can‘t wait to read it 🙂🐶📚

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MicheleinPhilly
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First #bookmail of 2019! Technically I purchased this in 2018 as it was a pre-order so my (unofficial) book buying ban is still intact.

I have no idea what type of writer Torres is, but Pit Bulls and Parolees is one of our absolute FAVORITE shows. I truly believe that she, her family, and all of the staff and volunteers at Villalobos Rescue Center are superheroes.

gradcat I love that show, too...didn‘t know there was a book...thanks for your post 😊📚👍 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @gradcat I only heard about it when we were watching an episode of the show. The publisher delivered a finished copy to her. I preordered it right then. 11mo
gradcat Oh, wow...so you‘re probably one of the first to order! Yay!! 😁😁 11mo
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Tanzy13
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I have loved this show from the very beginning from when it first came out and I just found out she wrote a book and it has now gone to the top of my TBR list! 🐶❤️📚

Seekingtardis My son and I love this show too!! 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading I love it too!! I live pit bulls smiley faces and waggling tails. ❤️ 12mo
CocoReads Stacking to look for-my hubs loves this show and I don‘t mind watching it either. 12mo
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Bloomingjen Thanks for the post. I am going to look for this book. I love her and this show. 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I pre-ordered it as soon as I heard about it. One of my favorite shows! 12mo
AlisonM I took my kids and my father to tour Villalobos about 4 years ago. Earl was our tour guide. Interested in reading her book when it comes out. 12mo
Tanzy13 @AlisonM I am jealous lol 🙂 12mo
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