It's interesting the replies that I've gotten from you all, thank you. I have to go on record as saying that all of my previous furbabies (my dogs), and even my husband's dogs have either been strays or "handed down" from a friend who would've otherwise taken them to the pound. And all of my dogs have been super-sweet, and with the exception of my girl, Monstyr, have had the "breed traits" and ailments of most of their pure-bred relatives. (Monstyr was a mutt, but mostly German Shepherd.... and her hips....) Even my Kitten (aka "Treble") was a stray who would've been taken to the pound- I found her in my music room at school.
Anyway, you are all right on the money. Rottweilers, Dobermans, pit bulls, German Shepherds, have all gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to the media, which is really too bad. Because as you say, it's the individual dog, and even more so, the owners and how they're treated.
Marcia- thanks for the head's up on the B&W's, and I'm so glad you got your Maddie. My DH & I were talking, and he was saying he'd love to have a Maine Coon. I've only known one Maine Coon in my life, but she was a great cat.
Thanks everyone.... sorry about rambling. See previous post about no coffee yet.