My college age daughter (she will be a college grad May 16, 2009 - yeah!) has a picture of Gracie on her phone. The following is an actual conversation she recently had with two friends.
Friend R: Who's pit bull is that?
Ellen: My mom's.
Friend R: Is your mom a gangster?
Friend A: Those dogs will kill you.
At this point Ellen vehemently defends Gracie's honor. She does not address the question of whether or not her mom is a gangster, however.