Game of Thrones and Soldier, Soldier star Jerome Flynn has issued a stark warning to fans of the show and direwolf enthusiasts everywhere: don’t buy husky dogs!
By, 17 Apr 2019
Flynn, who plays Ser Bronn in GoT and who memorably played Patrick "Paddy" Garvey in five series of Soldier, Soldier, speaks on behalf of PETA in the video, following in the path of his swords, sorcery, and sauciness co-star Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister).
Flynn: ‘bursting at the seams’
“If you’re a fan of the show,” begins Flynn/Bronn/Garvey, “you are also likely to be a fan of the direwolves. Sadly, their popularity has sparked an alarming trend."
“More and more huskies are being bred and bought because of their resemblance to direwolves. I am here today to urge you not to give into this temptation.”
The actor’s plea comes as the Dogs Trust reports a 420% rise in the number of wolf-like dogs turning themselves in to be rehomed after their owners failed to take responsibility for them. During the year before GoT debuted on TV, the Trust took in 79 Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Akitas – a number that rose to a whopping 411 in 2018.
The problem is that a wolf-like dog is not just a piece of merchandise for fans of sexy swordy shows:
“They are beautiful, large, powerful dogs and they make loyal companions,” says Dogs Trust Operations Director Adam Clowes, “but as they were originally bred for more physical past-times, such as pulling sledges in cold climates and hunting, they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation every day and not all owners are able to provide that.”
“With shelters already bursting at the seams with homeless animals,” continues Soldier, Soldier hunk Flynn, “more of these huskies… will have to be euthanised because there are simply too many of them and too few homes.”
Hirewolves not direwolves
“While people may have good intentions, acquiring dogs on a whim has dire consequences,” quips the ex-Soldier, Soldier man, encouraging direwolf enthusiasts to adopt abandoned dogs rather than to buy a brand new one off the shelf.
Young dog-lovers might also offer to borrow (or ‘hire’) a neighbour’s dog (or ‘hirewolf’) to take them for a walk and get their dog fix, rather than taking on the 12-15 year responsibility of a full-time direwolf.
“[W]e urge owners to remember a dog is for life, not just the duration of a TV series,” adds Clowes.