Sure, huskies look a lot like the Stark family’s direwolves, and that’s pretty cool. That’s also a terrible reason to adopt a dog.
Now Peter Dinklage, one of the stars of the show, is teaming up with PETA to implore GoT fans to stop adopting huskies on a whim.
“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,” Dinklage said in a statement released by PETA Tuesday. “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. 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.”
There are a lot of good reasons to adopt a dog, but because they look cool in a TV show is not one of them. Dogs are serious, long-term commitments, and huskies can be even more so — in addition to looking like direwolves, they’re smart and stubborn and require strong, experienced dog owners who can give them the training and direction they need to thrive.
So please, GoT fan, listen to Dinklage. Don’t adopt a husky unless it’s a serious, reasoned decision to do so.