luce - i had wanted a pit bull for a long time after working with a number of them during college, but it took me a number of years to be in a position to properly own one. i went to the shelter looking for an adult male pit bull, white with dark brindle patches, and natural ears. somehow i came home with a complete maniac. she has been an amazing dog to own. amazingly hard, amazingly wonderful. mushroom - when my miniature poodle that i had died, i was looking for a companion for luce. doberkim hooked me up with mushroom, drove him to meet us so i could see whether he and luce would get along, and they turned out to be perfectly matched. he came home a year after i got luce. and harv, my old man. i wanted an old dog, and he turned up on petfinder at a shelter an hour or so away. at first they wouldn't let me have him because they don't adopt pit bulls outside of their county. i emailed the director and told her why i'd be a good owner and sent her a ton of references, and they let me have him. he's wonderful. he gets younger the longer he's here. and more annoying.