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.
All of this is documented here. You can see multiple photos of obvious neglect as well as POLICE REPORTS DOCUMENTING the issues. I am not directly involved, but I was hoping to spread the word to the fandom.
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.
But don’t take my word for it - go through the Police Reports here.
Here’s what you can do to help: Twilight brings in TONS of money to this town. People pay for tours. They spend money in restaurants and stay in hotels.
Call of email these members of the town:
++Contact the governor Jay Inslee 360-902-4111.
P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, Washington 98504
++Contact the Forks Police Department 360-374-2223 - Chief Rick Bart
++City Council Woman Juanita Weissefels email@example.com (she reports on animal issues)
++Mayor Bryon Monohon firstname.lastname@example.org
++Call the Clallam County Sheriff 360-417-2262 - Bill Benedict, Sheriff email@example.com
And some of their higher-up politicians too:
++Sen. Jim Hargrove
PO Box 40424
Olympia, WA 98504-0424
+++Representative Kevin Van De Wege
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
+++Rep. Steve Tharinger
368 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
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.
Because it’s not.
Anonymous asked: Is vitiligo common in rottweilers, or any black/tan dog?
More of a thing in Rottweilers and some other breeds, does not discriminate against other colours.
Btw I’m leaving for the weekend so no 20 daily posts.
Also look at this blog it’s a nice blog: http://musingsofabiologistanddoglover.blogspot.ca/
Bitch tit dermatitis
Skin fold dermatitis isn’t just for freakishly wrinkled dogs - I just found some in a little crease that forms between my dog’s nipple rows (she hates exposing her belly so I never notice this).
lifebender asked: the fucking tapir tho
the bull tapierrier is famous for its prehensile snout
Anonymous asked: I don't know if it's the same in dogs, but at least in people, Syringomyelia, Hydrocephalus, and Chiari Malformation can be caused by small skulls, but more often are also often caused by other genetic factors, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or a tethered spinal cord, which dogs can also get. Do you know if there are any breeds prone to this, and if it is the same breeds prone to the aforementioned afflictions, such as the Cavalier?
CM, SM, and Hydrocephalus are associated with small breeds, I don’t think E-DS or tethered cord have the same association but I wasn’t able to find if they are more common in those breeds (although Weimaraner and English Bulldog came up). I don’t know where to find that information, either.
Related: Look at this flippin’ E-DS Dachshund!
The romanticized idea of a breed’s origin or traditional role often doesn’t match up with the reality, whether it’s a regular old landrace mutt turned ancient mystical pedigree or a fabricated breed with a bullshit history entirely. These are all things fanciers actually, seriously, believe or convince themselves of and use to defend their breed’s deformities:
- Shar pei have wrinkles because they were fighting dogs, so opponents couldn’t get a proper hold of and hurt their organs: despite the fact that a) no other fighting dogs have these wrinkles, and b) ye olde fighting peis looked more like smooth pit bull/basenji mutts than modern day meatmouth shar peis.
- The bulldog’s brachycephaly allows it to keep its nose upward to breathe while holding its bite, and the nasal folds channel the blood away from the eyes. They are front-heavy and roachbacked to prevent spinal fracture when bull baiting. This despite the fact that historically, bull dogs where somewhat short-nosed but not brachycephalic - infact the modern bulldog’s conformation would prevent it from chasing and biting anything, and avoiding being trampled or gored by frightened bulls or bears.
- The bull terrier’s convex, downturned face is to keep dirt out of its eyes and nose, and supposedly to give it a stronger bite. Literally no other breed has this extreme face and are doing pretty okay without it. Hint: it’s because it’s useless.
- The pomeranian’s fuzzy coat is very practical, it doesn’t snowball and prevents tangling. This is why all actual cold-climate working spitz have a very different coat.
Anonymous asked: Isn't that picture of the white 'foxy' pomeranian an american eskimo dog?
Probably. It’s an example of an old-style pomeranian - Eskies are of pomeranian/german spitz heritage.