Rover is coming

“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

And no, you can’t have a lone wolf for your very own:

Some fans of HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones love the show so much, they’re apparently buying and adopting Siberian huskies, because of their resemblance to the huge, wolf-like direwolves from the show. The problem: after the novelty wears off, many of these dogs are being abandoned at shelters.

“Huskies are a very high-energy breed,” Jodie Simard, executive director of Wagging Tails Rescue in Las Vegas, told ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV. “They’re also very intelligent, so if you don’t keep them busy and keep them exercised, they can be destructive.” In the past six months, Simard added, Wagging Tails has seen a “huge increase in the amount of huskies surrendered.”

Dalmatian breeders, I suspect, are still miffed at Walt Disney.

It’s gotten to be such an issue that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage issued a plea to fans buying or adopting huskies. The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says in a statement released by PETA, “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.”

It’s worth it just to keep the poor dog out of the hands of PETA.

(Via Patrick’s Place.)





4 comments

  1. Holly H »

    22 August 2017 · 9:06 am

    I already heard back from PETA. They sent a LONG explanation of what happened, in the Virginia lawsuit. Excerpt:
    “PETA staff members were deeply upset over this incident, for which we were investigated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The circumstances are these: Accomack County residents appealed to PETA for help with a longstanding crisis in which abandoned and feral dogs were giving birth to litter after litter of sick puppies under trailers, running in packs at an area mobile-home park, and attacking children, livestock, wildlife, and cats. PETA responded by providing spay/neuter and fieldwork services to help end the suffering and neglect. It may help to see the final statement from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office about its investigation of this case, which is available here: https://lintvwavy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/ca-statement-on-peta-investigation.pdf.
     
    But while we were doing many helpful and good things, something bad happened. A dog picked up by a PETA contract worker in the mobile-home park, collarless and without any indicia of ownership, was mistakenly euthanized—in violation of regulations as well as PETA protocols. As soon as PETA management heard, our shelter supervisor visited the dog’s owner to extend our heartfelt apologies to the family, and PETA began an internal investigation. The person responsible was immediately suspended and subsequently terminated. PETA has since implemented additional safeguards so that such a mistake never happens again.”

  2. Holly H »

    22 August 2017 · 9:10 am

    …and that sounds reasonable. However, my response to them will be:
    Thank you for the extremely thorough explanation about that lawsuit. However, you must realize that it looks bad for PETA, if each concerned citizen has to ASK you specifically about the case. You need to “get ahead of this”, as they say in PR circles, and plainly post it on your website, where it’s easy for all to find.

    Your lack of transparency is hurting the cause, out here in the hinterlands. There’s no telling how many other PETA-friendly folks have been unable to defend you, and gave up without asking you for a specific explanation.

  3. CGHill »

    22 August 2017 · 12:22 pm

    Give them a couple of points for transparency.

    And thank you.

  4. nightfly »

    22 August 2017 · 3:08 pm

    Man, I still miss our Husky. Beautiful, sweet animal.

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