Game of Thrones fans are some of the most loyal around, but lately they’ve been showing their love for the show in a way that’s harmful to animals. There has been an increase in demand for huskies due to their resemblance to the show’s direwolves, the mythical large and intelligent wolves that the Stark children are given in the first episode. The direwolf is also the sigil of house Stark.
The problem with the increased demand is that shelters are unfortunately filling up with abandoned huskies, who are given up by owners once the novelty has worn off and the reality of having to care for one sets in. So now Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on Thrones, has paired up with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to tell people to think before buying a new pet.
“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,” Dinklage said in an official statement.
So if Game of Thrones has you itching for a Ghost, Nymeria, Summer, Shaggydog, Lady, or Grey Wind of your own, but you’re not sure you can commit to taking care of a live one, maybe consider an adorable stuffed animal instead?
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