Nitro lived a very long and happy life. He was a "plus size" dog, and nearly made it to his 15th birthday, which is almost unheard of in large breed dogs. I personally think it was because he was just such a happy boy.
We really weren't ready for another dog when he came into our life. We had recently lost our Dakota (the Rottweiler) the year before, and we had another stray dog that came into our life, Shadow. But when the neighbor lady asked about puppies, I made the mistake of looking. I will NEVER take the blame for this - technically, my husband carried the furry little troublemaker home.