In 2005, Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin founded the non-profit organization, Pinups for Pitbulls, because she was tired of so-called rescues and shelters euthanizing healthy, friendly, and adoptable animals due to their alleged “breed.” Drawing on her background in modeling, she created a calendar like no other—eye-catching pinup girls and their pit bull pups, in era-appropriate style—that has become something of a phenomenon in the world of animal advocacy.
Now, Pinups for Pitbulls has assembled the best of their calendars and many never-before-seen photographs into a lush full-color volume. Featuring essays and testimonials from former pinups and longtime volunteers as well as myth-busting facts about these dogs, helpful tips for new rescue owners, and a heartfelt homage to the dog who inspired it all—the late Carla Lou—Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls is a must-have book for anyone who loves their four-legged friend.
About the Author
DEIRDRE “LITTLE DARLING” FRANKLIN is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Jeffrey and their two furry children: Baxter Bean and Zoe.
| Details Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (October 16, 2014) Language: English Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches Shipping Weight: 1 pound
“The vintage feel of the photographs in their yearly calendar has always been appealing, and as time has gone on, their themes and fun nature have just gotten better. And as more and more people aspire to appear in the calendar, the circle of pit bull advocacy grows. I admit to some pin-up fantasies myself. It’s glamorous, fun and kitschy-cool. Plus, pit bulls.
I digress. Back to the book. Franklin does a masterful job at making her points in a way that is pithy and yet full of information. She breaks important information down to it’s essential parts and makes it accessible to the average reader. For someone who wrote a dissertation about a subject so complex and dear to her heart, her ability to write brief and to the point pieces of information is incredible. She gets to the essence of advocacy without mincing words and running the risk of losing people along the way. “-Lori Nanan, Your Pit Bull and You