The mega-hit HBO series Game of Thrones is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, with an impact that goes far beyond the television landscape.
But what happens when fans clamor to incorporate as many elements of the show into their lives as possible? The show has sparked an increased demand for Siberian Huskies, and other dogs in the Husky family, because of their resemblance to the beloved direwolf—and not always with positive outcomes.
Just this week, actor Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister) urged fans, via PETA, to reconsider their desire to have a Husky as a pet solely because of their interest in the show.
“We understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying Huskies,” Dinklage said to fans in a statement. “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.”
No one understands or appreciates this sentiment more than Heather Schmidt, the founder and executive director of
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