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美國飼主 John 的來信

美國3M公司,約翰先生於2002.10專程來台到本舍,將台灣犬(公)帶回威斯康辛州居家飼養,其性能與靈性同受肯定,約翰,夫人要求本舍再運送一隻台灣犬(母)作伴.



約翰先生與陳先生於嘯五峰臨前合影照

譯文:

陳先生:

  很抱歉這麼晚才寫信,因為快五月了,所以比較忙,小黑再十月十到達這麼(威斯康辛),他很有精神而且很健康.

  當他到達時這裡滿地白雪,但是她一點都不害怕,謝謝您在這之前這麼細心的照顧他,讓他如此的健康,乾淨.現在我依然記得當初我帶牠離開犬舍時牠因為不捨而表現出來的動作.過一陣子我會把小黑的照片寄給您.小黑現在的新家位於美國的威斯康辛州.現在這裡只有零下15度,而且小黑的毛也沒有很長,所以我給牠穿一件背心讓牠可以保暖.

  小黑是一隻如此完美的台灣犬,每一個人見到牠都會問牠從那堥?而小黑也會親切及熱情的對待每一個人.

  在前不久的某個夜晚,小黑在我們前院咬死一隻浣熊. 那時約翰正好鍊著小黑去溜狗,小黑察覺有一隻大隻的浣熊座在我們屋子前的平臺,小黑注視了幾分鐘,然後開始攻擊,我大聲的叫著約翰趕快拉開小黑.

  小黑只有39磅而浣熊幾乎是牠的3倍,當浣熊遇危險時是非常兇惡的.

  到了第二天早上浣熊以經死了,但是小黑的身上一點傷痕都沒有,還露出非常驕傲的表情.

  小黑是非常溫馴的只要其牠的狗或貓不跑的話.

  有一次我騎著馬帶著小黑時看到兩隻鹿正要穿過馬 路,小黑一察覺到馬上站的挺挺的注視著牠們,我大聲的喊不準攻擊,小黑聽到後就乖乖的跟我走,當我們離開時小黑還回頭看著牠們,所以牠的眼睛是可以搜尋 東西的.小黑也許是把鹿當成大隻的狗.

  我女朋友帶著她的兩隻狗來跟小黑玩,小黑的跳躍力高的驚人.牠的肌肉是如此的結實,牠真是一隻漂流的狗.

  我們想要再養一隻跟小黑一樣母的高山犬,可以跟小黑作伴.不曉得陳先生您還有幾隻幼犬?您能不能寄空運過來?

  小黑有時候會睡在我女兒房間.當我女兒要睡覺但還沒有開門時小黑會站在門前吠直到有人打開門讓牠 進去.牠有時候就是如此的有趣.

  我們打算圍一個五英畝的柵欄讓小黑在堶惟b跑,給牠戴上震動項圈,如果小黑太靠近界限時就會發出嗶嗶聲,如果再靠近就會發出震動.小黑是一隻很聰明的狗所以我相信牠很容易就可以學會.相信在柵欄完成 後牠會是一隻快樂自由的狗.

  我的小還打算讓小黑參加電視上的比賽,他們認為以小黑的敏捷速度必定可以贏得比賽.現在必須保持牠的外形,不能讓牠變成太胖的高山犬.

  最後祝福您以及您的狗健康順利.希望能早日聽到您的消息.

喬 戴斯蒙

英文原文:

Dearest Daniel,

I hope that you remember me. Mr. Chen watched our dog, Mr. Black, and you were kind enough to translate letters for us to him. I am hoping you would do the same again.

Dear Mr. Chen,

I am so sorry that I haven't written earlier. Just got busy and here it is almost May already. Mr. Black arrived in October in fine health and spirit. There was snow on the ground when he came and he didn't even blink at it. You would have thought he had see it before as he paid absolutely no attention to it. I want to thank you for taking such wonderful care of our dog. He was so healthy and clean when he finally came home. I remember he was pretty beat up looking when we left him with you. I also appreciated the pictures you sent of him. I will try to get some in the mail to you if you could send me your address. Mr. Black has adapted so well the the new home here in Wisconsin. He doesn't really have a lot of hair and when it was 15 degrees below zero I got him a little coat. He looked pretty funny but he was warm.

Mr. Black is a wonderful, wonderful dog. Everyone who meets him wants to know "what is he?" and just loves him. He has a very kind personnality and soul. However, the other night Mr. Black killed a raccoon in our front yard. John had just put him out, on a long lead, and then noticed that a large raccoon was sitting on our deck. Mr. Black walked up to it and just looked at it for a minute. Then all hell broke loose and they tumbled off the deck. I yelled at John to pull Mr. Black back as a coon would rip him apart. Mr. Black is only 39 pounds and the coon must have weighed close to 30 itself. Raccoons are very nasty and strong and vicious when cornered. They have been known to maim and even kill coon hounds. The next morning there was a dead coon in the yard. Not a scratch or mark on Mr. Black.

I was sorry that Mr. Black killed the raccoon as they really don't bother you if you don't bother them, but very happy he wasn't hurt. He did look very proud of himself.

Mr. Black is very gentle with other dogs and even cats....if they don't run.

My daughter asked for kittens for her birthday. I went to the Humane Society and brought home 3 tiny little babies. They weighed less than two pounds as they were only 6 weeks old. Mr. Black is so gentle with them and I think he thinks they are his babies. They are always together and play and romp around. I think at first he thought the raccoon was a cat and probably wondered why it didn't run.

I took Mr. Black for a ride today and on the way home two deer ran across the road. Mr. Black sat up very straight and looked and looked. I had to slow down so as not to hit them and Mr. Black's ears were so far forward I thought they might pop off. As we passed them Mr. Black turned around so he could keep his eye on them. Wonder what he thought they were, large dogs maybe.

My girlfriend has two dogs which she brings over to play with Mr. Black quite regularly. One is a huge dog and you should see them play. Mr. Black can jump so high it is amazing. His muscles are so well defined. He is a fine looking animal.

We would like to get Mr. Black a "dog" buddy and are still considering a female "Mountain Dog". Mr. Chen, how much would a puppy be? Can you ship them on an airplane alone?

Mr. Black continues to sleep with my daughter. If her door is closed and he's ready to go to bed he will sit by the door and "sigh" very loud until someone lets him in. He is so funny sometimes.

We are going to put an "invisible" fence around 5 of our acres for Mr. Black to run in. It works with a "shock" collar. If he gets too close to the boundary he gets a warning "beep" and if he still gets closer he gets a little "shock". He is a smart dog so I am sure he will train easily. We have to tie Mr. Black now as he started running when we let him out. He just doesn't understand he can't run like that and once he is free he just won't come back to me. He will turn and look and me and then just bounce away and come back when he's good and ready. There is a girl dog across they road and they became buddies and started running together so we had to start tieing him up so as not to bother our neighbors. We do live out in the country and there's lots of room here on our property. Once we get the fence in he should be a happy, happy dog.

My kids want to train Mr. Black to run "an obsticle" course. They watched a dog show on TV where they were doing this as a competition and they think Mr. Black would be a winner as he is so fast and agile. I'm going to look into it as it would be a fun thing for the family to do together and I'm sure Mr. Black would love the challenge. Need to keep him in shape, can't have a fat Mountain Dog!

Well, I guess I've brought you up to speed with us and Mr. Black. I hope you are doing well and your dogs are all healthy. I hope to hear from you soon.

Your friend,

Jo Desmond

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