Update: All Dogs in the Forks Washington Location have been removed and transfered to new rescue groups! Several of these dogs have already gone home, turns out many of them were not as ‘aggressive’ as they were made out to be originally. Follow their story at Guardians of Rescue.
I can’t believe I’m making a Twilight post right now.
But you know what? Fandoms have accomplished some crazy things - so Twilight fandom, here’s your chance. See these dogs here? They’re in a 'sanctuary’ in Forks, Washington. Yes. That Forks. The owner of the sanctuary is basically an animal hoarder. He has hundreds of dogs living in these conditions. They do not get out. He doesn’t have any paid staff or volunteers. And worst of all - he doesn’t seem to care. The worst part is, the local town doesn’t seem to care either. The police investigated and found these conditions to be neglectful, they asked the owner to lower his number of dogs, but refuse to actually bring him up on charges or ENFORCE the agreement that he lowers his numbers. These dogs LIVE in these kennels. Also, they are housed in a warehouse without heat. It will be below freezing tonight in Forks.
People ARE PROTESTING on location, but instead of helping the dogs, the local police are arresting the protesters. According to those on site, although people do stop by the property - no one actually enters the warehouse to care for these dogs. There are over 150 dogs in that warehouse. It would take a full staff an entire day just to keep each of those dogs fed, watered, cleaned and exercised. Never mind this is supposed to be a sanctuary for aggressive dogs where they receive training and rehab. How are they getting that care if there’s no one spending hours and hours at the property?
Heck, The owner even told police that he only feeds the dogs three times a week.
++Call the Clallam County Sheriff 360-417-2262 - Bill Benedict, Sheriff firstname.lastname@example.org
And some of their higher-up politicians too:
++Sen. Jim Hargrove PO Box 40424 Olympia, WA 98504-0424 By email: Jim.Hargrove@leg.wa.gov
+++Representative Kevin Van De Wege LEG 339A PO Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600 (360) 786-7916 email@example.com
+++Rep. Steve Tharinger 368 John L. O'Brien Building PO Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600 (360) 786-7904 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell them you won’t spend your money in Forks until these dogs are seen by a third party rescue agency, seen by a vet, and kenneled in proper kennels with heat. Tell them you’re outraged. Tell them that this is not acceptable.
Hiking thru the forests that Edward knew like the back of his hand. This was honestly a day I will NEVER forget. You could literally feel the world of Twilight thru every twist and turn of the path. Only word that I can describe this natural wonder with would be magical.
“You compare one small tree to the entire forest.”
Jacob was an afterthought. He wasn’t suppose to exist in the original story. When I wrote the second half of Twilight first, there was no Jacob character. He started to exist about the point where I kind of hit a bit of a wall: I could not make Edward say the words, “I’m a vampire”. There was no way that was ever coming out of his mouth - he couldn’t do it. And that goes back to what we were talking about with characters. You know, he had been keeping the truth about himself secret for so long, and it was something he was so… unhappy about, and devastated about. He would never have been able to tell her.
And so I thought: How is Bella ever going to figure this out? But I had picked Forks already as the story’s location, and so then I thought: You know, these people have been around for a while, and they’ve been in this area before. Have they left tracks - footprints - somewhere, that she can discover an older story to give her insight?
That’s when I discovered that there was a little reservation of Quileute Indians on the coastline. I was interested in them before I even knew I was going to work them into the story. I thought: Oh, that’s interesting. There’s a real dense and different kind of history there. I’ve always kind of been fascinated with Native American history, and this is a story I’d never heard before.
This is a very small tribe, and it’s really not very well known, and their language is different from anyone else’s. And they have these great legends - even one that’s similar to Noah’s Ark story; the Quileutes tied their canoes to the tops of the tallest trees so they weren’t swept by the big flood - that I thought were really interesting.
And they have the wold legend. The story goes that they descended from wolves - a magician changed the first Quileute from a wolf into a man, that’s how they began - and when I was reading the legend I thought: You know, that’s kind of funny. Because I know werewolf people and vampires don’t really get along at all. And how funny is it that there’s that story, right here next to where I set my vampire story.
And so Jacob was born - as a device, really - to tell Bella what she needed to know. And, yet, as soon as I gave him life, and gave him a chance to open his mouth, I just found him so endearing. He took on this personality that was just so funny and easy. And you just love characters you don’t have to work for.
And Jacob was not an ounce of work. He just came to life and was exactly what I needed him to be, and I just enjoyed him as a person. But his appearance in chapter 6 was really it - that was all he was in the story. And then my agent loved this Jacob, and she’s never gotten over that. She was one hundred percent Team Jacob all the time.
Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide