“GIMME SHELTER is a wonderful, interesting and insightful book about rescuing a pit bull who then rescues the author. Tanner the pit bull had all kinds of problems as did Louis. But, as the two traveled together the first year, their attitudes changed, and as the man rescue Tanner, the pit bull rescued him. This is a great book to read. 10% goes to charity and maybe more people can see the wonderful outcome of rescuing dogs in need” – Nancy Allen, for AMERICAN DOG MAGAZINE
2014 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE FOR NONFICTION – We are proud to announce that Gimme Shelter by Louis Spirito is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money! B.R.A.G. (Book Readers Appreciation Group)
GIMME SHELTER is so much more than dogs; it’s a person’s story of how he developed life-changing attitudes. By having to work with a dog that had issues, the author cleverly shows how this path forced him to take his own issues to hand. Not a swashbuckling tale…but an honest, fascinating and inspiring peep into another person’s life. This book reiterated my view that the ordinary person always has an extraordinary tale to tell. Gimme Shelter didn’t disappoint. – Emma Powell, THE REVIEW GROUP (U.K.)
GIMME SHELTER; it’s a great story!” – Tom Hilton, ‘805 with Tom & Sandy’ KVTA 1520
Spirito intersperses memories of his dysfunctional childhood with those of his adult life, including recollections of the love he received from dogs, in this sweet memoir. The author struggled with anger until a frightened, scarred pit bull changed his life. Tanner teaches Spirito to settle down and enjoy life for its simplicities rather than looking for provocations that elicit his ire. Dog owners will recognize the deep sense of love and gratitude that Tanner has for his family–a love that transfers to Spirito in ways he didn’t expect, but that make him a better person. – Publishers Weekly
About the Author
A lifelong dog lover and recovering ‘angry guy’, Louis Spirito lives in Malibu, California with his wife, Eugenie, and their rescue Pit Bull, Tanner. Lou has written for magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Fitness, WOOF!, Black Belt, and Bride’s Magazine (the last two in the same month). As a screenwriter, he has worked for Universal Studios, Alliance-Atlantis, Triumph Pictures and Daniel Blatt Productions. His writing has been honored by WorldFest Houston, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Writer’s Digest, the Nicholl Fellowship Competition, the Dog Writers of America, and indieBRAG (Book Readers Appreciation Group).