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Turk du Clos des Taylors "Turkey Butt" 8/17/1998 - 8/08/2000

Turk was only with us for two years before we lost him, but he so enriched our life and we miss him dearly every day.... following is a story about Turk and some poems in tribute to him:

 

Hello all, I just had to write. Have you ever had one of those photo opportunity moments and didn't have a camera? Well, this would have been the biggest hit on America's Funniest Home Video's, but of course, I don't have a video camera.

 

For those of you who don't know us, we have a Belgian Malinois that is quite large. He's just about the size of a Great Dane (about 90lbs), but he's all Malinois. He's not quite mature yet either, so as big as he is he still acts like a puppy sometimes. Think of a big goofy Scooby Doo on speed and you've got the picture of our dog named Turk.

 

Well, I came home and Turk had somehow gotten his head through a hole in one of the big blue tarps that we had covering the side of the puppy kennel and pulled it off of the kennel. So here I see this huge "caped crusader" romping joyfully all over the back yard, with the most part of this 6' x 8' tarp flapping over the back of him (just like superman) while at the same time three 3 month old puppies were chasing after him and latching onto any part of the tarp that they could as he would run by and then they were hanging on for dear life. As he went round and round our acre yard, trying to outrun the pups (I guess), they were getting thrown off and would go flying in every direction, only to get back up, pick up speed and latch onto that tarp again. How he got his head in the front of it I'll never know, as he had only about 8" of it on the front of his neck, the rest was all flowing behind him. One great big moving tug toy for the puppies. Lord only knows how long they had been at that but they were all having a blast until I came home and took the darn tarp toy away.

 

I swear to you that I have never seen anything so funny in all my life. I was laughing so hard I almost peed my pants. After realizing that if "Super Turk" got the tarp caught on something, he might just get hurt, I went out and rescued him from himself and the tarp. I just had to share. I know that I can't do verbal justice to the picture that I came home to, and I'm still laughing thinking of how funny they all looked and how oblivious he was to what was going on and just how much fun they must have all been having.

 

So Turk is being dubbed the "Caped Crusader" from hence forth. Our Super Turk, that's our boy. (Did I mention that he's my husband’s dog and not mine???)

 

Lesli Taylor

Taylor'd Canines

Yelm, WA USA

A Photo of Turk:

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Turk romping as usual:

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A TRIBUTE TO TURK.............................

I have loved you, as you have loved me,
for true love endures for eternity.

You gave me your heart never questioning why,
and taught me that love must never die.

Your sweet, kind soul is at peace once again,
but oh, how I miss that mischievous grin.

You taught me to never put off doing things,
as there's no guarantee on anything.

You're so funny you clown and so big was your head,
as you gave us your love and always gave in.

You missed Dean the most when he went away,
and ne'er bore a grudge because you had to stay.

We traveled our share for you loved to go.
At the jingle of keys you were raring to go.

You never complained, just took it all in.
You loved me for me, and my heart you did win.

My heart hurts so much, for part's gone with you,
for my dear turkey butt, I'll always love you.

Turk du Clos des Taylors
8-17-98 to 8-8-00
Bred, loved, and missed so much by Dean & Lesli Taylor

Written by Lesli M. Taylor 8/9/2000

To My Treasured Friend Turk

I lost a treasured friend today
The great big dog who used to lay
His giant head upon my knee
And share his silent thoughts with me...
He'll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more his favorite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has taken him to His golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears,
I think with love of these past two years
He let him spend down here with me
And for his gentle love and loyalty.
When it is time for me to go
And join him there, this much I know...
I shall not fear the transient dark
For Turk will greet me with his bark.

In Loving Memory of Turk du Clos des Taylor's
August 17, 1998 - August 8, 2000

Lesli Taylor

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Turk training in French Ringsport - Decoy George Vasil

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