Kuzko’s Brush With death, or Romancing the Bone
Everyday this past summer, a handsome, sheltie/border collie dog would pay a visit to two men at a worksite in Kananaskis. They grew to expect a visit from their favourite stray dog and brought treats to work with them just for him.
The men named the dog Kuzko. The uncommon name comes from a character in the animated Disney movie called “The Emperors’ New Groove”, the man said.
But one day, the friendly pup showed up in distress. The two men were shocked to see the hind end of their four-legged friend was soaked red and dripping with blood.
They had no idea what happened to him, but they jumped into action.
“We cleaned him up, washed the blood off and called the Bow Valley SPCA for advice,” one of the kind-hearted men said.
Sonya White, the BVSPCA adoption centre manager, told the men to take the dog over to the Bow River Veterinary Clinic, where they would treat his wounds. The veterinarians first thought that the dog had been attacked by other dogs. But when an out of town wildlife expert was asked his opinion, (and not having seen the dog, only hearing a description of his wounds), he had a different theory.
The two large, deep holes on either side of the dog’s hips were the same size. The firearms instructor had seen this kind of thing before. He offered the theory that the dog might have been shot through with an arrow.
But the dog had no trouble walking or eliminating, so the veterinarians stuck with their theory that Kuzko was attacked either by wild dogs or coyotes. Either way, Kuzko was one lucky dog and his luck continued to grow.
Once at the BVSPCA, animal care attendants washed Kuzko’s wounds daily to stave off infection. He was put on antibiotics. He was given fresh water, fed dog food regularly and given a private warm, safe room with a bed in the dog adoption centre. The staff quickly grew fond of Kuzko, a happy dog full of love to offer everyone he met.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Kuzko’s wounds healed within a few weeks. Once he was ready to be offered for adoption, potential adopters lined up to visit him.
In short time, a family with three children showed up to pay Kuzko a visit. They interacted with Kuzko in the BVSPCA dog playroom, where they quickly fell in love with the dog and liked his gentle and calm spirit.
A few days later, the family came back and adopted Kuzko. They renamed him Galway, after the Irish county where the wife’s mother was born.
They made a doghouse for him in their fenced back yard. Kuzko had “hit the jackpot”, White said.
Since being adopted, Galway has had a grooming to show off his beautiful mane, his wounds are all healed, and he loves playing with the children in his new family and chewing on bones they bought for him.
His is one of the happy tails from the BVSPCA.
Click here next week for “Aura of Goodness”, a beautiful puppy who was born right here at the BVSPCA almost eight weeks ago.
––Pam Doyle is a professional photographer running her business, www.pamdoylephoto.com. She lives in Canmore with her German Shepherd Creed, the first dog adopted from the BVSPCA.