昨天收到朋友轉寄的信,主旨是:沒有美麗的身體也會有美麗的靈魂。內文在描述一隻名叫Faith(信念)的狗,如何在飼主的訓練下,克服先天殘缺,以僅存的兩後腿自由走路。

我深受感動。

因為不放棄,這隻無法自己在自然界存活的小狗得以快樂的成長,健全不受殘缺侷限,愛與信心的力量讓不思議變成可能。

人和狗之間,透過無言的愛護,用永不放棄的信念,共同達到了這樣美麗的境界。

那麼,人和人之間,只要能同心協力,並肩合作,我想也沒有完成不了的目標。

以此,和大家共勉。


節錄Faith-the biped dog網頁上的故事:


Faith is an incredible dog. She was born just before Christmas in 2002, and we were lucky enough to have her in our family just 3 short weeks later. She was born to a mother dog, believed to be nearly full blooded chow, along with several other siblings.

Faith wasn't the only puppy born with deformities, but because "Princess", her mother, was not our dog, we are not sure of the exact number of puppies she gave birth to. It is certain, however, that Faith was the only puppy with deformities to live.

Faith was rescued by my son Reuben on January 21, 2003, when he and his friend Johnny, the owner of Princess, jumped over the fence of the flea market area that Princess was raised to guard. Princess isn't exactly the mothering kind. She was literally terminating Faith's life because she knew instinctively that Faith was unable to battle the other puppies for a place to feed. Faith was weak, small, runtish, and mostly she was nearly dead. Reuben grabbed Faith out from under Princess and smuggled her under his jersey. He wore #63 for the Putnam City Pirates football team.

When Reuben brought Faith to us she had 3 actual legs, but the left front leg was badly deformed, placed backward, upside down, and it had more toes on it than normal dog legs. The leg was removed when she was 7 months old when it began to atrophy.

People ask me if it was easy to teach Faith to walk upright...the answer is NO! It was not easy, and it was not natural. It was SUPER natural, and therefore, we have to give all of the credit to Jesus. Of course, it took a little....Faith as well.

最近時間緊得很,就偷懶放郵件中的中文版吧~(很明顯的中國式語法,不習慣還請忍耐一下)

這只用兩條腿走路的狗名叫Faith(信念),出生於2002年聖誕節的前夕。牠出生時共有三條腿--兩條健全的後腿和一條開始萎縮的前肢(前肢後來用手術除掉)。出生不久的Faith並不能正常走動而只能躺在地上用兩爪推動身體,甚至連牠的狗媽媽也因為覺得牠是弱者而嘗試要殺死牠。(註) Faith的第一個主人認為這只不能走動的狗絕不可能存活下去,因此考慮要把牠人道毀滅。

幸好,這時Stringfellow家庭(也是Faith以後至今的主人)發現了Faith並願意領養照顧牠。他們決志要把這狗訓練成能走路的狗,因此就幫牠取名為Faith(信念)--他們深信Faith終會有能走路的一天。剛開始時他們把Faith放在滑板上讓牠感受移動的感覺,後來他們用湯匙上的花生醬作為訓練牠站立和跳躍的引餌和獎勵,而家中的另一只哥基犬也似乎常常想要強迫牠去走動。

奇蹟地,Faith漸漸學會用兩條腿平衡和跳躍式地前進,最後經過雪地中等的訓練,Faith已經可以跟人一樣用兩腿步行,中間也就只花了不用六個月的時間。
Faith喜歡到處跑動,不論去到哪里都會吸引到所有人的目光。

事實上,Faith國際上已開始被廣為人知。曾經上過很多各地新聞和有名的電視節目,也有一本關於它故事的書“With a little Faith"被出版,甚至曾被考慮過在哈里波特“火焰杯的考驗”電影中客串。



現在此刻Faith的主人Jude Stringfellow已放棄了教師的職位,並計划要帶Faith去作世界性的探訪,傳揚“沒有完美的身體,也會有完美的靈魂”的信息。





註:自然界中,一胎常有多子的母獸常有將同一胎中較瘦弱的嬰孩捨去的行為,這其實不是缺乏母性的表現,而是在母獸哺育子獸的資源有限,先放棄容易夭折的孩子,讓較有希望存活的孩子能有更多機會順利長大。被多被撿到的瘦弱小奶貓,也是被母貓在此動機下棄養的,這是動物在自然界求生的本能,沒有對錯。

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