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事情一一進行,終於到了Reno要搭飛機離去的那一天。
我在浴室幫牠洗澡,喃喃對牠說:「胖哥,你要去美國了。要乖、要聽話,有家庭願意收養你,你一定會很幸福。雖然我捨不得離開你,但這才是對你最好的安排。我們可能再也不會相見,我很喜歡和你一起生活的日子,絕對不會忘記你。」
Reno一邊抖動著下巴,一邊哀怨地望著我,到最後我是一邊哭一邊幫牠洗完澡。
那天晚上,我躺在地上緊緊抱著Reno和牠一起睡覺,
這是能感受到牠體溫和觸感的最後時光。

隔天去機場時,我爸媽也一起出動,
因為Reno有嚴重的焦慮症,若在機場和牠分別,只要看到我離開,牠就會在籠子裡一直吼叫且焦慮不安,這樣是不能搭飛機的。
因此一到機場之後,我趁牠不注意時立刻躲起來,由爸媽和阿瑛將牠放進運輸籠。
Reno沒看到我離開,一轉頭就找不到我,牠呆頭呆腦的,搞不清楚狀況,再加上現場有好多等著搭機的狗兒,吸引了牠的注意力,因此沒有吠叫。
我一直躲在柱子後面,看著牠檢疫完畢,
走進籠子,
裝好水和食物,
籠子捆好,
資料綁上籠子,
去櫃檯秤重,
推車來了,
籠子被放上推車,
牠要被送進運輸帶,準備進飛機貨艙,
望著牠要被送進運輸帶時,我躲在柱子後淚流滿面,
不能親自跟牠說再見,只能在心裡呼喊:
Reno,
再見了,
祝你幸福!
直到牠的身影消失在我眼前。
從機場回到家之後,我趁著洗澡時放聲大哭。
人生中究竟要經歷多少次這種再也見不到彼此的離別?

好一陣子沒有Reno的消息,某一天,我和朋友去臺東玩,晚上在房間不經意地打開電腦,收到一封令我驚喜不已的e-mail:

Hi:
We wanted to get in touch with you now that we have had our Reno for about a month.
我們想跟你取得聯繫,領養Reno大約一個月了。
Please let me tell you what a wonderful dog we think he is.
我們想讓你知道牠是一隻多麼棒的狗。
He is absolutely adorable, completely loyal, sweet tempered and likes everyone.
牠非常討人喜歡、忠誠、個性好而且很喜歡人。
And everyone we know has fallen in love with him.
每個人也都喜歡牠。
Simon and I are so happy to have Reno in our lives and feel like we are really lucky since he came with so much training and good nature.
賽門和我好高興 Reno 可以加入我們的生活,而且我們真的很幸運,牠之前做了那麼多訓練,且牠的本性又好。
Really you did a great job training loving and caring for him which has made it easier for us. So thank you.
你真的將牠訓練得很好,讓我們更容易養牠,謝謝。
We have watched your videos over and over and have showed them to all of our friends and family.
我們看了一遍又一遍你訓練牠的影片,還秀給朋友和家人看。
I promise you he is coming to a very, very loving home and will be very well cared for.
我向你保證,牠會得到一個充滿愛而且好好照顧牠的家庭。
We have waited a long time to find a dog like him and I think he is a very good fit for our family.
我們一直在等一隻像牠一樣的狗,而且牠非常適合我們家。
Again, thank you to you for everything.
再次感謝你。
We are giving him a lot of love and attention and we pretty much take him wherever we can.
我們會給牠很多的愛,不管去哪裡都會帶牠去。
He is like a shadow when we are together and likes to follow us everywhere.
牠就像影子一樣跟著我們。
He is a little bit obsessed with food, and did not like the first dog food we gave him but now we have found one that he likes better.
牠很愛吃,但不習慣之前我們給牠的狗食,不過現在好多了。
We have taken him to the vet and he is up to date with all his
shots, which he mostly had before he came.
我們帶牠去獸醫院完成了該有的注射,也許在來之前你就幫牠做過了。
We are attaching a few pictures here of Reno at the beach and on a trip we took him recently to Yosemite National Park.
我們附上幾張我們帶 Reno 去優勝美地旅行時,牠在海灘的照片。
He had a great time.
牠玩得很開心。
Thank you again and rest assured Reno has found a very loving home.
再次謝謝你,而且我保證牠會得到一個充滿愛的家庭。
Sara and Simon Marin.

我淚流滿面地看完這一封信之後,
終於將心中大石放下。
我想起一部電影的對白,真實地傳達出經歷這一連串事件後我內心的感受。

電影中,父親的靈魂語重心長地對著因女友離去而心碎欲絕的兒子說:
我們一生都在說再見,
但不要讓這一切阻止你去愛。
是的。
我們一生都在說再見,
但不要因為這樣停止去愛。

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