When we adopted Turk as a 6 month old puppy (read my version here and Turk’s version here), I was told he was a Corgi mix. With my limited knowledge of dog breeds and Turk’s stubby little legs, I didn’t think to question the shelter’s assessment of his breed.
Then as Turk grew into an adult and gained weight, he was labeled a “pit bull” by our vet. At first that thought terrified me, then after doing a lot of research, I realized that pit bulls weren’t bad dogs at all, and eventually, grew into a pit bull advocate and foster mom.
My journey as a pit bull advocate, rescue volunteer, and foster mom is wrapped up pretty heavily in Turk’s pit bull-ness. But what if Turk isn’t a pit bull at all? We did DNA tests on former foster Polly Pocket and current foster Moby Wonderdog, and I’ve always wanted to do a DNA test on Turk too. I have always stopped short of doing the test though because of my fear that Turk would end up not being a pit bull at all. If Turk isn’t a pit bull, then my entire rescue journey has been based on a lie, right?
But really, it doesn’t matter to me what Turk is… what matters is that he is Daniel’s and my dog. He is our family. He was ours the moment he play bowed us through the chain-link cage at the shelter and he will be ours until he leaves this world. And I don’t need Turk to be a “pit bull” to validate my rescue journey. Even if Turk turns out to be a yorkie-doodle-poo, he will still be a honorary pit bull in my eyes. His big brown eyes were the key to opening my heart to a breed that has changed my worldview, introduced me to a whole new family in the blogging community, and given me a purpose.
I did finally let curiosity get the better of me and bought a DNA test for Turk, but I am not all that worried about what the results say, because it won’t change what Turk means to us… or how we see him. He is still our Turkeyman, through and through.