A beautiful collection of stories and photographs that create an optimistic and uplifting celebration of pit bulls, perhaps the world’s most misunderstood and negatively portrayed dogs. For the last 20-30 years pit bulls have been unfairly stigmatized as dangerous, aggressive dogs when in reality, they are characteristically gentle by nature and commonly make ideal family pets. When raised by loving and responsible owners, they are capable of acts of heroism, service and unparalleled devotion. This heartfelt look at these amazing dogs takes the reader beyond the stereotypes. Read stories of courage, hope and triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, as told by the people who know these dogs best – their owners, rescuers and shelter volunteers. Loyalty Unleashed seeks to break down barriers and change perceptions, one person at a time. Its goal is also to educate readers about the true nature of pit bulls with the hope of increasing their adoption rates in our nation’s shelters. As an impassioned rescue volunteer and animal advocate, the unplanned adoption of an abused, unwanted pit bull from death row inspired the author, Sue Torres, to lovingly craft a compilation of individual stories about pit bulls and the people who love them. Around the turn of the century and for many years thereafter, pit bulls were generally viewed as all-American dogs. They are typically seen in vintage photographs, often tending to babies and young children. In recent years though, due in large part to irresponsible breeding, negligent owners and media sensationalism, the reputation of pit bulls has been severely tarnished and the number of pit bulls that populate our animal shelters has increased enormously. Conservative estimates are that only one in six hundred shelter pit bulls will ever find a home. Loyalty Unleashed strives to restore the reputation of pit bulls by portraying them in a more positive light – as the heroes, best friends and family members that they truly are. If you are a person who already knows and loves these dogs, Loyalty Unleashed is an affirmation. If you are one who doesn’t, it just may change your mind.