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像所有的西里漢梗犬一樣,Mezzie生來就是一隻個性溫和、警覺性高、友善、沉著、保護性強和深情的狗,但是在他成長過程中發生了一些不幸,導致他變得防衛心重,會因為害怕而咬人。因為這樣的緣故,Mezzie當時的飼主遺棄了他,並將他送到一所公立的收容所。

如果在幾天內沒有人願意接手Mezzie,他就必須面臨安樂死的命運。此外,之前的飼主已經取出Mezzie身上的晶片,所以也無法追蹤到他們⋯⋯

文圖/ Story & Picture 胡尤美/ Mayumi Hu

 

移除晶片在Mezzie的背部留下了一道很深的大傷疤,也因為終其一生都被綁住而皮膚受損;他的耳朵內部有畸形的現象,這可能是因嚴重的耳朵感染未獲治療所致。以上這些生理上的折磨都有可能解釋為何Mezzie的心理狀態變得如此不穩定。

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當一位善心的義工在收容中心看見Mezzie並決定伸出援手時,也開啟了他重生的機緣。他先被送到一個家庭,之後又到庇護所接受訓練。在那裡,Mezzie遇見了另一位好心的女士,她成為Mezzie的中途媽媽,並幫助他克服對人類的恐懼,重建信任。經過了四個月充滿愛心、關懷和耐心的照顧後,Mezzie終於開始漸漸敞開心門,願意讓中途媽媽摸摸他。Mezzie進步得很快,當Mezzie以親人又愛玩的新面貌出現在社群媒體的照片與影片中時,馬上有許多人表達收養他的意願。

然而,經過這段時間的相處,中途媽媽知道怎麼樣的環境最適合Mezzie。在審慎過濾幾位意願者後,終於為Mezzie物色了一個溫馨的家庭,有一位富有愛心的新媽媽和哥哥。根據這位新媽媽提供的近況,雖然Mezzie還在試養階段,但我們樂觀地相信他已經找到了一個屬於他的快樂家庭。

世界上沒有壞的狗狗,只有壞的飼主,Mezzie就是一個最好的例子。因為飼主的虐待與無理,加上不了解狗的需求,Mezzie淪為無辜的受害者。狗是人類最好的朋友,他們無條件付出了愛,而他們要的僅僅是人類慈悲的對待。

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By nature, as any Sealyham Terrier, Mezzie was born to be an even tempered, alert, friendly, calm, protective and affectionate dog. However, something went terribly wrong when he was growing up and he was transformed into a very defensive dog that bites people out of fear.

 

He was then abandoned by the family who had him. They sent him to a public shelter where he would have been euthanized in few days if nobody adopted him. In addition, the previous owner had Mezzie’s microchip removed so that nobody could trace back to the family.

 

The removal of the microchip left a large and deep scar on Mezzie’s back. His skin was also damaged from being tied up all his life. Inside of his ears is deformed which could be the result of untreated severe ear infection. These might explain Mezzie’s troubled soul.

 

Mezzie’s chance for a second life started when a kind volunteer saw Mezzie at the shelter and decided to rescue him. He was first brought into a family then taken to the sanctuary for training. Mezzie’s chance for a better life came when another kind lady spotted him at the sanctuary and decided to foster Mezzie and help him overcome the fear of humans and rebuild his trust. After four months of love, care and patience, Mezzie started to trust his foster Mom, allowing her to pat him. Mezzie showed amazing progress. When videos and pictures of a new affectionate and playful Mezzie started circulating in the social media, immediately many people offered to adopt him. But, the foster Mom knew exactly what kind of new family Mezzie needed. So after screening several callers, Mezzie has finally found his permanent happy home.

 

There are no bad dogs, only bad owners! Mezzie was a victim of an abusive and irrational pet owner who did not understand the needs of a dog. Dogs are people’s best friend. They give us all of their love unconditionally. All they ask is to be treated with compassion.

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