Is Nero a pit bull or part pit bull? I love his coloration. My brother has had nothing but (red) pit bulls for the last couple of decades, and they're great, loving, dogs if cared for properly. I really love their temperament, but they go berserk when they see a cat (or squirrel). Because of that, he can't have his dog off the leash when he takes him away from home.
Of all the dogs I've known, I'd have to say my favorite breed is the Australian Sheep Dog. My grandmother had one. According to dogsindepth.com, the Australian Sheep Dog is:
"playful, intelligent, good-natured, loyal, affectionate, attentive, strong working instinct, animated, good with other pets, obedient, stamina, reserved on first meeting. some can be shy, fearful, aggressive"
Because of the old TV show, "Lassie", I've also always had a soft spot for Collies. :-)
Long ago, in Los Angeles, a friend of mine was moving up north, and gave me his 3 cockatiels. I had a large covered patio in the back yard and turned over half of it into a huge aviary for them. I put in large branches for them to perch on, as well as bird houses that I lined with heating pads for privacy and warmth in the winter months.
At first, they would lay eggs in the bird houses but would destroy the eggs. Later, for some reason, they began hatching the eggs but allowed the hatchlings to die. So I kept an eye on them and removed the hatchlings as soon as they were born. I used special formula and a needleless syringe to feed the hatchlings.
These hand-raised cockatiels were very tame and loving birds. I partitioned the aviary to keep the wild and tame cocatiels separate. I alllowed my favorite one to stay in the house (she had her own perch by the fireplace). She was completely tame -- to the point of dependency -- so I quit trimming her wings. If I were gone for more than an hour or so, she'd fly immediately onto my shoulder as soon as she saw me again.
I began taking her everywhere with me, on my shoulder. She always drew attention at the mall. I could toss her up in the air and let her fly around and she'd always come back to my shoulder (where I had a towel to catch her droppings).
I had to give away and sell the cockatiels when I moved to the Philippines. There are some pretty exotic birds over here and I'm contemplating starting up an aviary again . . .