About a year ago we lost our beloved Duke, a brindle Boxer who was like a child to us. At first we thought it would be too painful to adopt and lose another child, but within two weeks we had rescued another canine child, a four-year-old American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, aka red-nose pit bull. We never expected to find another dog as wonderful as Duke, but now, a year later, Harley is the light of our lives. Having been a dog lover and owner/parent all my life, I have experienced many breeds and can testify that Harley is as gentle and affectionate, if not moreso, than the others, including golden retrievers. There are more than enough pit bull haters out there, so I would like to dedicate this thread to others like me who have had positive experience with this, in my humble opinion, unjustly maligned breed.