NOTE: While some of these dogs may no longer be adoptable, there are plenty of adoptable "direwolf"-like dogs available at the rescues listed below.
Game of Thrones
, in my opinion, is one of the great TV shows of our time, thanks to its wonderfully crafted dialogue, its intricately layered plot, and its fantastic character development. And yet I can't help but think that the series is sorely lacking in one way: THERE AREN'T ENOUGH FREAKING DIREWOLVES.
Because Direwolves are fantastical creatures - and the size of a horse - they require CGI to be realized onscreen. Unfortunately, that eats up a good chunk of the show's budget, so the show's producers have relegated them to brief appearances at this point. It makes me long for the days of Season 1 when they were just puppies and could be portrayed by (ridiculously adorable) dogs.
Which brings me to the point of this post! Are you a person who, like me, loves the Direwolves on Game of Thrones
? Would you like a Direwolf (or a dog that looks like one) to call your own own? Well, luckily for you, there are plenty of adoptable Huskies/Shepards/Malamutes/etc. that would love to join your family, just like the Direwolves that joined Ned Stark's family. Below are a few of the many:
1. Bolt (The Husky House)
Bolt is a beautiful 2-year-old Siberian Husky who was rescued from Iraq by the New Jersey-based Husky House
....and...and...I'm sorry, I forgot what I was writing about because I got lost in this dog's eyes
. Good lord, he's pretty! He could be your best friend, too.
2. Malachi (Taysia Blue Rescue)
This big guy - an Alaskan Malamute - is 5-6 years old and 165 pounds of pure love. According to the Taysia Blue Rescue
in Nebraska, he's "a gentle soul that loves to be with his people
." He apparently gets along well with dogs and cats, but prefers low-energy animals and human companions. Are you a low-energy animal/human? If you answered yes, you might be Malachi's perfect new dog parent.
3. Monica (Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue)
The New York-based American Eskimo Dog Rescue
saved this gorgeous American Eskimo Dog (with some Husky mixed in for good measure) after her previous owner dumped her at a high kill shelter. According to the rescue, she would do best in a dog-savvy adult home - not so much a busy home with children - and she could "easily become Canine Good Citizen certified in the hands of motivated adopters
." Plus, she looks just like Jon Snow's Direwolf Ghost! Not that that's important or anything...
4. Archer (A Pathway To Hope)
This 1-year-old Siberian Husky and Shepard mix is just an all around sweet and gentle dog. He apparently gets along great with dogs and human children - he has a canine foster sister and two human foster brothers - and never barks. His likes are: long walks (on or off the beach), being petted, licking people, and playing. So basically he's the perfect dog. You can find out more about him - or just straight-up adopt him - at A Pathway To Hope
, located in New Jersey.
5. Beau (SHARP of NY)
Beau stands for "beautiful," if that wasn't already obvious. Rescued by SHARP of New York
, he's 5 years old and energetic, but he's also an incredibly sweet boy who just needs a home where he can decompress. Maybe that home is your home?
6.Misty (Reach Out Rescue & Resources)
This young Siberian Husky/Border Collie mix is, according to her foster, "very affectionate
" and an "exceptionally nice dog
." While she's a bit timid at first (she was mistreated by a man at some point in her life), she quickly warms up to people who are kind to her. She's good with dog-friendly dogs, children, cats, and chickens, but not so good with bees or horses. I'm right there with her on the bees thing. For more information, contact Reach Out Rescue & Resources
7. Bluemind (Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation)
This 2-year-old girl is "loving, gentle, playful, [and] happy-go-lucky
." She does require daily exercise, particularly if she's left alone all day. And if you already have a dog, all the better! She's great with dogs and "would make a wonderful BFF to your dog
." If you're in the Metro DC area and interested, please contact Lost Dog And Cat Rescue Foundation
for more details.
8. Sandy (MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue)
7-year-old Sandy is a very husky Husky - his previous caretaker apparently fed him way too many treats while simultaneously neglecting him. But the good news is, Sandy's on a diet, he's getting exercise, and he's on his way to getting back to his beach bod. While he loves being around humans, he's a little unsure around other dogs, so he should probably be the only dog in his forever home. If you're interested in bringing this chunky guy into your life, please contact MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue
9. Siri (Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue)
Unlike the demonic robot for which he's named, 7-year-old Siri the dog is full of love. According to Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue
of New Jersey, he has a patented move where he rubs his head and body against you to show how much he loves you. While he came from horrible conditions - he was malnourished and poorly socialized before he was rescued - he's made incredible strides in training, thanks to his love of cold cuts and carrots. He's crate-trained, he can sit, stay, and he happily allows for people to put a leash on him. Though Siri suffers from Epilepsy, his seizures are mostly controlled with inexpensive medication, and he only has small seizures about once a month.
10.Nikki (Tails Of The Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue)
Sweet Nikki is a healthy senior girl - 12 years old - that just wants the love of a forever home. She's happy to play with dogs, big and small, or just sit quietly by your side. If you're interested in bringing her into your family, contact Tails Of The Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue
for more details.
Looking for a fluffy friend to add to your home? Don't forget to check out BarkBuddy
to find dogs near you who need forever homes!
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