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The Story of “Krosa” the Dog

            The small black dog in this true story was re-named “Krosa,” not because her behavior was wild and stormy—in fact, little Krosa was a friendly, gentle, well-behaved dog—but because of typhoon Krosa that had passed by only a few days earlier.  Now, Krosa is awaiting the time she will travel to Alaska, to her new home.

 

The Story of “Krosa” the Dog, Part 2

Happy Ending

            On November 28, ”Krosa,” the abandoned black puppy found at Huisun Forest Station in October 2007, went to her new home in Anchorage, Alaska.  The young dog has been adopted by the family of Dr. Verena Gill, and is getting used to her new surroundings and life-style, with plenty of food, warmth, comfort and affection.  Many thanks to all who assisted with Krosa’s adoption and relocation.

   

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Nantou County News

US scientist on bird watching tour meets dog she was destined to adopt

10/15/2007  (Liberty Times)

"Little Blackie" is a stray dog that has stayed at the Huisun Forest Station in Nantou County for a while. On October 8, Little Blackie woke up early in the morning as usual and played around and frolicked in the grass. When it was hungry, it would go out into the wilderness and look for things to eat. What Little Blackie did not know was that its fate would see a major change that day. On that day, it would meet a person who would ultimately become its master. In addition, one month later Little Blackie would be boarding on a flight to Alaska in the United States. Its new home would be in the snowy and icy city of Anchorage.

On October 8, typhoon “Krosa” had just hit Taiwan. Verena Gill, a biologist of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Anchorage, Alaska, had come to Taiwan to attend a world conference on seabirds. After the conference ended, Verena and about a dozen other people, decided to go on a trip through Taiwan to go bird watching. The first stop on the itinerary was the Huisun Forest Station in Nantou. Just like the dog had done in the past, when the visitors arrived, Little Blackie would come over and make friends with them.

Little Blackie, only four or five months old, is a Taiwan mutt whose looks would not impress many. On October 8th, Verena headed to the lodge at the Huisun Forest Station to register to stay for the evening. She discovered that Little Blackie was following her around. She patted Little Blackie on the head and then got into a car to head to the beginning of a trail two kilometers away where she would begin a hike that she hoped would enable her to catch a glimpse of the Swinhoe's Pheasant.

After getting out of the car for a few minutes, Verena was surprised to see that the little black dog that she had first met at the lodge had run after the van she was riding in for those two kilometers. The dog was panting and exhausted, but came around to stand in front of her. Verena could hardly believe her eyes. Since Little Blackie refused to leave her side, Verena had no choice but to abandon her original plan of looking for the Swinhoe's Pheasant. She waited at the entrance to the trail while the others went on the hike. When the others got back, they all went back to the lodge together.

On the second day, Verena took Little Blackie with her and the group headed to the Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area. The group continued on their bird watching journey. In the evening, she stayed in a small wooden cabin and held Little Blackie close while they went to sleep. At 1 a.m., Little Blackie began to let out a strange yelp. The dog was making so much noise that Verena was unable to fall back asleep. She got out of bed to check out what was going on and discovered that there was a small snake that was slithering back and forth at the entrance to the cabin. Little Blackie was barking at it and the snake decided to back off and head away. The following day, Verena showed a picture of the snake to others. It was only then that she learned that the snake was a Pointed-scaled pit viper, one of the most poisonous snakes around.

Verena said even if Little Blackie was attempting to protect her by scaring off the snake, it still had not occurred to her to adopt the dog. She said that she realized that it was not only an issue of money, but even more difficult would be that the dog would have to get through the many quarantine regulations of both the United States and Taiwan. However, she also could not bear to not see the dog again and therefore decided that she would adopt the dog. Verena decided that no matter how much money she would have to spend or how many difficulties she and the dog would face in the process, she would make every effort to adopt the dog. She intends to give Little Blackie a warm household, even if this new household is thousands of miles away from where Little Blackie was born.

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賞鳥邂逅 人狗萬里結緣

自由時報 20071015 星期一

美國漁業署駐阿拉斯加的官員Verena,和流浪狗小黑結下「萬里情緣」。(記者鄭旭凱攝)

惠蓀林場 首次相遇

〔記者鄭旭凱/綜合報導〕小黑是南投縣惠蓀林場的一隻流浪狗,108日當天牠像往常一樣早早醒來,在草地上玩耍、嬉戲,肚子餓了就在野地裡找尋食物,但牠不知道命運已在這天出現重大轉折,牠遇見了牠未來的主人,而且將在一個月後搭乘飛機前往美國阿拉斯加,在冰天雪地的安克拉治,展開牠全新的未來。

108日颱風剛過,來台參加世界海鳥會議的美國漁業署駐阿拉斯加野生動物研究官員Verena,一行10餘人在會議結束後,展開台灣賞鳥行程,第一站抵惠蓀林場,而小黑則像往常一樣,在觀光客的腳邊穿梭討好,牠並沒有察覺,這群觀光客不僅皮膚特別白皙,而且有著奇怪的褐色或金色的頭髮。

跟隨美官 亦步亦趨

小黑只有45個月大,是隻一點都不起眼的混種台灣土狗,8日那天,Verena前往惠遜林場研習中心辦理住宿登記,發現小黑亦步亦趨的跟在身旁,她摸摸小黑的頭以示獎勵,隨即上車趕往兩公里外的登山步道口,希望進入步道內追尋藍腹鷴蹤跡。

Verena下車後約莫過了兩分鐘,令她驚訝萬分的是,那隻在研習中心有一面之緣的小黑狗,竟追著遊覽車跑了兩公里,氣喘噓噓的來到她的跟前,Verena相當感動,而由於小黑緊緊的跟隨,Verena不得不放棄觀賞藍腹鷴的行程,留在步道外等待其他人賞鳥歸來。

嚇跑毒蛇 感動美人

第二天,Verena將小黑帶往奧萬大,繼續賞鳥行程,晚上住在小木屋,就抱著小黑睡覺,凌晨一時許,小黑不斷發出奇怪的嗚嗚叫聲,Verena被吵得無法睡覺,下床察看,發現一條小蛇正在門口徘徊,小黑狂吠,小蛇才悻悻然離去,隔天Verena出示小蛇的照片,原來是毒性極強的龜殼花。

一個月後 告別台灣

Verena表示,即使小黑驅蛇救主,但她還不敢有領養小黑的念頭,因為她知道這不僅所費不貲,而且還必須通過美國及台灣層層的防疫檢疫關卡,但是,離別的不捨情緒擊潰了她的心防,Verena已下定決心,無論花費多少錢,無論會有多麼麻煩,她都要領養小黑,她要給小黑一個溫暖的家,即使這個家遠在萬里之外。

 

 

與小黑投緣 帶牠到阿拉斯「家」

記者鄭旭凱/專訪

美國漁業署駐阿拉斯加野生動物研究專家Verena,不惜大費周章領養台灣流浪狗小黑(柯羅莎),她說,柯羅莎的眼中透露出極需要一個家的強烈訊息,她和柯羅莎有緣,也有信心能為柯羅莎提供一個安全而溫暖的家。

Verena表示,台灣和阿拉斯加的距離大約7500公里,運送柯羅莎可能必須再經由美國西岸的西雅圖轉機,全部的行程幾近一萬公里,她相信,她和柯羅莎譜出「萬里情緣」應該是緣份所致,她和柯羅莎真的很投緣。

Verena表示,16年前她也曾在美國流浪狗之家認養一隻狗,這隻狗直到幾個月前才壽終正寢,她為此難過了好幾天,她原本沒有再養狗的打算,但遇見柯羅莎,她覺得一切都是冥冥中的安排。

Verena認為,或許在部分人眼中,柯羅莎是隻令人討厭的流浪狗,但只要付出愛心,流浪狗也會變成寶貝,柯羅莎在她的眼中就是寶貝,即使花再多的錢都值得。

Verena是野生動物研究專家,她並不擔心柯羅莎無法適應阿拉斯加寒冷的天氣,她說,對於天氣,她一點都不擔心,更何況當地幾乎每個人的家中都裝有暖氣,而且台灣的惠蓀林場是生態保護區,更不適合流浪狗存在。

 

 

流浪狗移民 10萬元跑不掉

〔記者鄭旭凱/綜合報導〕惠蓀林場流浪狗小黑即將「移民」美國,但因為各項防疫檢疫程序規定,小黑最快也要一個月後才能登機,且由於無法搭乘客機,可能必須以貨機運送到美國西岸西雅圖,再由專人接送到安克拉治,估計種種花費,合計超過10萬元。

防疫檢疫 費時1

領養小黑(柯羅莎)的美國漁業署駐阿拉斯加野生動物研究專家Verena,將在15日搭機返回安克拉治,但因為防疫檢疫規定,她無法直接帶著小黑登機,昨天她向主辦世界海鳥會議的立委楊宗哲求助,確認小黑必須先注射狂犬疫苗,觀察3週後,再向防疫所提出輸出入檢疫證明申請。

楊宗哲表示,如果一切順利的話,小黑最快在一個月後可以登機,而華航雖有客機直飛安克拉治,但貓狗等寵物,只能隨著主人登機,而且置放在貨艙,不能單獨登上客機,由於Verena必須先行離開台灣,所以小黑可能必須改搭貨機前往美國。

Verena四處打聽貨機能否直接把小黑運送到安克拉治,但台灣只有飛往紐約的貨機會在安克拉治休息加油,可能無法中途卸貨,Verena則表示,必要時將讓柯羅莎先搭機到西雅圖,她會請友人前往接機,再轉搭美國國內班機飛往安克拉治。

Verena表示,日前駕車帶領他們到惠蓀林場、奧萬大等地賞鳥的司機馮堯墻,已應允在這一個月內代為照看柯羅莎,並帶著牠前往進行各項防疫,再把柯羅莎送上飛機,她希望能早一日再見到柯羅莎。