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Shorty Rossi and Hercules Rossi, Co-Star of The Pit Boss, Make It To The Big Screen

We enjoyed our quick visit with Shorty Rossi and Hercules as they were on their way to film Santa’s Dog.

In this movie, Santa has given Hercules the title “Naughty and Nice List Maker.”   This job requires Hercules to select one child each year on the Naughty List and give that child the opportunity to make the Nice List.   Santa’s Dog has a tentative release date of the 2011 Holiday Season.

Here’s a little background on Shorty’s right hand man, Hercules.  At 6 weeks old, Hercules was rescued in Las Vegas.   Apparently Hercules was a destructive puppy which is hard to believe since he’s the mellowest dog I’ve ever met.

After some intense training, Hercules became Shorty’s closest companion.  When Shorty injured his back, Hercules was trained as his second service animal (Geisha is his first).
On his first day as a service animal, Hercules traveled by train. From the start, he acted as if he’d doing this for years. Switching trains, Hercules encountered his first challenge. The train system had delays due to technical problems; this led to overcrowding. Hercules completely was surrounded; as he could do nothing, he sat still and slept the entire ride.

Upon arrival at the train station, Hercules and Shorty caught a San Francisco cable car. Once again, Hercules acted as if he’d been doing this for years. Following his cable-car trip, Hercules and Shorty said their prayers at a local church, and then they had play time in Washington Square Park. Then, they went to lounge and drink wine with old “Paisons.” Once the break was over, they took a mini bus back to the train station to return home. Not bad for a day’s work!

Hercules does all sorts of service-dog work and also attends charity events. He’s also a performer having been in film, commercials and television. With chaos and excitement frequently surrounding him, Hercules always is pleased to be around people.

Hercules has become the number one service animal in Shorty’s group. He has traveled all over the country and promoted himself in a positive light (even thought pit bulls usually have such a bad rap). Hercules certainly has established himself in the LA scene.

Information about Hercules was found on Shorty’s website:

To check out Hercules’ new movie, visit

If you are a responsible Pit Bull Owner looking for home, condo, renter and liability insurance, visit Shorty’s website at  to find Einhorn Insurance.  If you purchase a policy, please mention Shorty’s Rescue and Einhorn Insurance will make a donation in your honor.

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