Updated: Jun 29
"I figure if a girl wants to go ahead and be a legend, she should go ahead and be one"- Calamity Jane. The story begins when a beautiful Akbash was found under a trailer in rural Central Utah. She was severely emaciated and had sustained serious injuries including skeletal, nerve and internal. It was clear that she had been in this condition for some time.
She was given immediate medical care and remained at the clinic receiving fluids and antibiotics for several days before she was moved to rescue. We've asked Calamity's mom to tell the story of how it all came to be:
"I first saw the dog that was to become Calamity on Facebook. It was the Fall of 2017 and that picture of her laying under the trailer, emaciated and injured tore at my heart strings. Because she was in Central Utah, there wasn’t really much I could do to help her being hundreds of miles away. Several weeks later, I saw her photo shared again. This time it was shared by a friend. I asked if I could help and learned that she was coming to my area. I visited her and brought her home. Did I plan on keeping her? Probably. But bringing her home was more about trying to get her healthy. She had old wounds on her left flank and horrible wounds on the top of her left foot. She had likely been hit by a car and had suffered nerve damage to her left leg. Dragging her foot over time had created a horrible infected lesion. As with most dogs with brachial plexus (nerve bundle in the arm pit) injuries, the question looms whether the leg will need to be amputated. Because 3 legged dogs can be difficult to rehome, the plan was that I would take her home and evaluate her over time to see if we could save her leg. With acupuncture and laser and lots of bandage changes Calamity made gains and became part of the family. She still drags the foot and needs her leg wrapped at all times. The damage to the skin on the top of her foot is permanent. The skin is thin and easily abraded but her leg is functional. I’ve had many Great Pyrenees- most had 3 legs but Calamity is my first Akbash. She is kind, patient, and an amazing guardian. I feel so blessed that she found her forever home with me."
Calamity is a legend and also one of our ambassadors here at the Coalition for Livestock Guardian Dogs. Her story of resilience and misfortune represent the dogs we are advocating for. Her life being loved and cared for is what we wish for them all.