These days, the influence of Game of Thrones can be felt in every corner of the globe, from the words we use day-to-day to the names we've been giving our children. And of course, this obsession with the Seven Kingdom has also trickled down to the furry creatures we choose to keep in our households.
For a while now, the demand for huskies has been soaring through the roof with people yearning to own their own #GOT "direwolf:"
Considering the breed heavily resembles the creatures gifted to the Stark children in Season 1, viewers have been going out of their way to source the dogs from breeders and pet stores. However, after taking their new pup home, many don't realize the amount of work and commitment that is required to properly care for them. As a result, more and more huskies are being dumped at animal shelters without a care in the world.
And now, with the abandonment of huskies reaching breaking point, #GameOfThrones actor Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) has joined up with PETA to remind people that when they decide to adopt a dog, they should live with that decision for life.
'Make Sure You're Prepared For Such A Tremendous Responsibility'
Issuing a hard-hitting statement, Dinklage urged fans of the show:
"Please, to all of 'Game of Thrones' many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves' huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies. Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs."
According to PETA, 6 million dogs and cats are abandoned at shelters each year, with half of them euthanized within months. The actor added:
"Please, please, if you're going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you're prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter."
Do you thinking buying huskies as direwolves is bad?