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.
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. 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.
I A portion of my day is blocked out specifically for writing. I also schedule time to keep up with my social media and stay on top of relevant news with regard to animal rescue, animal advocacy etc.
I write mostly to educate, reaise awareness and to raise money so that I am able to donate to animal welfare organizations and causes.
I am currently working on an e-book - somewhat of a sequel to my first book with updates, new stories and pictures and dogs that have been featured on my website since its inception in March, 2014
The unplanned adoption of my first pit bull who was scheduled to be destroyed only hours after I was able to rescue him inspired me to write a book with the goal of saving other shelter pets, especially pit bull breed dogs.
Non-fiction because this is what I know and what speaks to my passion
Quite a bit as far as legislation, pet knowledge, etc.
I feel my writing has improved through writing articles, weekly blogs and on social media
Gathering stories for the book. Once I was able to amass enough material, the rest kind of took off.
When I hear people tell me that I have changed their minds or enlightened/educated them that is the most rewarding to me. It is also rewarding to be able to give back to animal welfare organizations monetarily.
I may have allocated the money I budgeted for the book in different directions but hard to say.
I am more involved than ever in animal rescue and I feel I am a better writer.
A lot. I meet people at public appearances and through my rescue volunteer activities which gives me opportunities to talk about the book and interact with readers.
Not greatly but somewhat.
I did the first time. I feel it is good to have a second set of eyes.
Probably teachers and also my son who is a professional writer
I have done most of it on my own and have tried many different things. I am always looking for new outlets to market my book(s).
I think 200-300 pages is a good length.
Follow your passion and don't be afraid to try new things.
I have been thinking about this but have not done so yet.
Take a break and do something fun.
Follow your dream and believe in yourself.
Sue Torres is an animal advocate, rescue volunteer and proud owner of a previously abused pit bull who was slated to be destroyed for being tense and fearful in the shelter environment.
Inspired by their resilience, devotion and ability to forgive, she now devotes herself to restoring the image of these once-esteemed and cherished family pets. She works tirelessly to promote the adoption of pit bulls in our nation's shelters and change perceptions about this extremely misunderstood and unjustly maligned breed.
She lives in Connecticut with her rescued pit bull, Mickey, and two other part-time step-dogs, a rescued Plott Hound and another rescued pit bull. Loyalty Unleashed is her first book.