My Life Among the Underdogs - Tia Torres

My Life Among the Underdogs

By Tia Torres

  • Release Date: 2019-01-15
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 5
From 106 Ratings


From one of the most respected figures in the dog rescue community come the harrowing, funny, and inspiring stories of nine incredible dogs that shaped her life.

Tia Torres, beloved underdog advocate and star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees, chronicles her roller-coaster life in this heartwarming memoir featuring some of her best-loved dogs. With inimitable honesty and characteristic brashness, Tia captures the spirit and heart of these intelligent and loving canines, while carrying us behind the scenes of her TV show, into the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans, onto the soundstages of Hollywood films, and even to the jungles of Sri Lanka.

Tia has devoted her life to shattering the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious predators. As the top dog at the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, the largest pit bull rescue in the United States, she and her team have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed hundreds of animals that might otherwise have been destroyed. As she puts it, "Most of the stories in this book are about animals (and a few humans) that needed someone to believe in them and a purpose in order to show their true nobility."

Each dog Tia writes about here has overcome abuse, trauma, neglect, or just bad luck to become a stalwart, loving companion to Tia and her family. You'll meet Duke, whose intelligence and matinee-idol looks made him a star in movies and music videos; Junkyard Joe, whose single-minded passion for tennis balls was channeled into expertise as a drug-sniffing dog; Bluie, the unswerving protector of Tia's daughter Tania; and a host of other unforgettable canines.

My Life Among the Underdogs is above all a love story--one that is sure to grip the heart of anyone who has ever loved a dog.


  • Amazing story

    By HJ28
    As I read your book i was glad i had seen the show cause as I read the book I could hear tias voice in my head as if she was reading it to me. The book is so well written that I laughed and cried with tia and her family all the through the book. I think animal lovers and even some none animal lovers will really enjoy this book
  • Real stories, Heartfelt and Raw

    By davinagr
    Loved the book, hope Tia will share more with us in the future. A must read.
  • Heart Touching Memoir

    By grandma546
    As I read this book, which was hard to put down, I could hear Tia's voice as I read every word in every chapter. It brought me to tears, made me laugh and I can actually see the butt wiggle and tail wag. To all that you care for and all those that are looking down from doggie heaven, we thank you with every fiber of our beings!
  • Great read

    By Lornytoes
    Disappointed there are no pics of the doggies. 😔
  • Great

    By cynogan
    I haven’t read it yet but iam sure it’s great because she works very hard on and off the show and so does her family and worker and anyone else who helps out the dogs .i think it’s great what they do.
  • My life amoung the under dog

    By zeke lover
    I love you tia torres and I watch your show I love all of your workers to even mariah tania and lizzy there good workers and my sister ask me what I wanted for Christmas and I said your book and she said that I better read it and I am I was so excited when I seen your episode on tv and said your makeing a book and I look up to you because I have a American bulldog and he’s kinda like a pit bull but not really and I have a k9 named zeke who is a Belgian melon wall and Tia keep up the good the good work pit bulls Parolees and it’s such a good show I can’t wait for season ten to comes out this is by Jocelynn Sparks I hope You read this
  • My life amongst the underdogs

    By pjw@62
    Great read! Tia is a pit bull in her own right. Strength, courage and full of love that knows no boundaries!
  • A story worth reading

    By Bakerboiii
    All I have to say is pick the book up if you wanna understand tia
  • Can’t wait

    By Candi pompano florida
    My birthday is January 16 so excited to get my birthday gift!! I volunteer for a few different dog rescues and I get the pit bulls as it just happens like that and I wouldn’t have it any other way. !!
  • Can’t wait!!

    By LBLee24
    Even just listening to the intro and how T writes she truly was born to do it. I’m not much of a reader but I’m already so excited to read this book!! ♥️🐶 I already know I won’t regret purchasing this book even if I don’t care for it (I don’t foresee that being true) just to support someone with a heart like T. In many ways she reminds me of my biological mother especially for the love of this breed. *LeeAnn*