Thanks for the welcome. Popi is indeed a lover. I'll have to post a recent photo. He is an APBT/Shar Pei mix, so he has a few wrinkles and extra skin that give him a slight resemblence to McGruff the crime dog.
And rescue is the only way to go. Popeye was a lucky pup. He was rescued outside of Austin when a man saw his neighbor cutting the ears of some little pups (no comments, I saw that debate thread last night)! The man ran across the street right as his neighbor was about to cut Popeye's off and gave the neighbor all the money he had in his pockets for Popeye. Pops was the last one. The man couldn't afford to keep Popi so he took the little boy to Town Lake center in Austin and from there the called Lucky Mutts rescue's pit bull specialist.
He's come a long way! Here's a photo of him this past Christmas having wrapping paper fun and about 6 weeks old: