An eye for an eye, a heart for a nose
Yes, that’s how the proverb goes in the Doggo world, especially in the Dalmatian community. All because of lil Wiley, who has changed the rules about how dogs must show their love for their owners.
Wiley is the one-year-old Insta influencer who has over 126,000 followers, and this count is just going up! His proud mom, Lexi Smith, can’t stop fawning over him. “No amount of pictures on could ever fully capture all that he is and all that he means to me, he’s my best friend,” Lexi told Bored Panda.
“He came from a litter of 11, and 8 of them were boys, so I had a tough choice in choosing him. The heart was there, but not fully formed to the point where I believed it would stay since dalmatian spots change so much as they grow. I chose him because the breeder told me that all he did was sleep, snuggle, and eat, so we already had a lot in common.”
“Wiley has more personality bundled up into his little body than any dog I have ever met.”
“We are so lucky to live in Colorado and have the biggest most beautiful places to play in and explore. He loves hiking or going to one of the many massive dog parks here.”
“He also enjoys car rides and sits where he can look out the front window like a true copilot. But when he gets sleepy, he really, really LOOOOVES to snuggle.”
“Wiley’s truest dalmatian traits are constantly making me laugh. Usually, it’s a giggle paired with shaking my head, laughing off total frustration from his stubbornness, but that’s part of owning the breed.”
“If you can’t laugh it off and be creative in finding a solution and training the naughty traits out of them, life with a dalmatian would be such a challenge.”
“I have been really lucky with Wiley, though. He has the best heart, and I’m not talking about the one on his nose. He loves everyone he meets and is always so excited to make new friends.”
“He has been relatively easy to train and has made the best little adventure partner I could ask for. He requires so much attention, and he’s basically attached to my hip, but that’s what I love about him.”
“Some people recognize him as ‘that dog from the internet’. A lot of people notice the heart nose, but mostly it’s just people shocked to see a dalmatian. ‘I haven’t seen a dalmatian in so long,’ or ‘I’ve never seen a dalmatian in person,’ are the most repeated comments I hear when I am out and about with Wiley.’
“Photography has always been something that I have toyed and experimented with, and suddenly I had an adorable puppy who made the perfect model. I have a personal account, but creating a separate one dedicated specifically to Wiley seemed like a great way to kind of store all my photos of him and kept a running timeline of his life.”
“It truly started as something meant for just me and maybe some of my friends to see his growth and keep the memories of every stage and event with Wiley. When the account first started growing, I remember thinking ‘Wow, what if he hits 5,000 followers!’ I never in a million years could have imagined it would be what it is now. And it’s STILL GROWING. I am constantly amazed, shocked, but mostly so grateful. It has been a fun little adventure, that’s for sure.”
Fields are fun
Homies for life!
No kisses please!
Ace of hearts
Can you spot a smile?
Thanks to Wiley, Dalmatians are now my favourite breed of doggos!