Game Of Throne’s Star Peter Dinklage Works With PETA To Help Huskies

Dinklage hopes fans will stop adopting their own huskies as direwolves and abandoning them

By Justyne Yuen-Lee
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Peter Dinklage AKA Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s series Game of Thrones works with PETA to help prevent unnecessary husky adoption. He kindly asked in a statement for fans to stop adopting huskies just because they look like the direwolves on GOT and then giving them up because they get too big.

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His full statement read,

“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.”

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PETA says in their statement,

“Adoring viewers are buying the dogs from pet stores and breeders (often naming them after their favorite characters), then—after realizing how much work and commitment are required to care for them—dumping them at shelters already bursting at the seams with homeless dogs.”

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Every Sunday is now known as Game of Thrones day. Fans of the HBO show all over the world wait each week for Sunday night to watch the drama and action unfold in the fantasy fight for the Iron Throne. Some of the furry and adorable creatures on the show are direwolves who are fictional, yet resemble closely to huskies.

This trend has happened before with other movies and TV shows.

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Viewers see how adorable little puppies are in movies like 101 Dalmatians and Legally Blonde and want to adopt their very own. But, like many impulse buys, they regret their choice after realizing the big responsibility a pet is.

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Husky puppies are indeed loveable. They’re like tiny wolves (they’re not really wolves, though!) and they’re just tiny ferocious beans.

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It’s easy to fall in love with a Husky puppy and bring them home for cuddles during Game of Thrones day, but they don’t stay small forever.

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Yes, your baby Jon Snow/Daenerys will no longer be hand held, but a big furry baby. Like their direwolf counterparts, Huskies get big, eat more, want to run around more, and howl more.

Then you’re faced with a difficult choice: own up to your impulse adoption or give your fur baby up.

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Maybe you thought you could handle a dog. People live with dogs all the time, but soon your pup gets restless and starts eating your couch and remotes.

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As cute as your Husky is, the restlessness and the chewing and the howling is pushing you to breaking point. Your apartment or house is too small or too city-centric for adequate exercise.

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And Huskies are affectionate and loving and needy dogs. They’re attached to your hip and want all your love!

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Your furry Jon Snow is getting too much to handle and you consider giving him up to the shelter for someone better to take care of him.

But what you don’t realize is that there are so many like you in the same situation.

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Then we get a lot more direwolf-esque Huskies in the shelters all too big for their accommodations. Shelters and pounds are overwhelmed with these breeds and can’t give them the attention they need.

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Peter Dinklage and PETA are asking fans to stop and really think about the decision their making to adopt a husky. You don’t need a “wolf” to be a big fan!

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It takes a lot to have a pet. It’s another mouth to feed, another body to exercise, and another friend for interaction. Even Instinct Animals for Film, the company that works with the wolves for GOT note that these animals are not dogs – they’re very different.

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The point of fantasy dramas is for viewers to live vicariously through the imagination of the creator’s world. You can pretend you have a direwolf, but you don’t really need one in real life!