Meet Wiley, the cute dalmatian with a heart on his nose
A dalmatian with a heart-shaped nose has become an Instagram sensation.
Described by his human, Lexi Smith, 26, as "54 pounds of goofy, clumsy, sassy, hungry, cuddly, curious, wild, crazy, silly, happy love," she told Bored Panda that "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."
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The pooch, who is named Wiley, and Smith first met last St Patrick's Day. However, she said that it wasn't the pooch's unusual markings that drew her to him.
"He came from a litter of 11, and 8 of them were boys, so I had a tough choice in choosing him," she said. "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."
After moving to Smith's hometown of Colorado, Wiley soon grew, and while he's no longer a puppy, his 26-year-old owner said: "Wiley has more personality bundled up into his little body than any dog I have ever met."
Now, as any doggo owner will attest, it's important to get a pooch that's compatible with your lifestyle, and Wiley lives in the perfect environment for his energetic personality, where there are many mountainous places to go hiking.
Is there no end to Wiley's talents? He's pictured below with his 'painting'.
Smith said Wiley loves nothing more than hiking: "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."
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However, Wiley can be a little tricky to handle sometimes, and according to Smith, he can be very stubborn - as is true of many dalmatians.
"Wiley's truest dalmatian traits are constantly making me laugh," she continued. "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."
But despite this behavioral challenge, Smith said Wiley's completely worth it:
"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."
As a result of his amazing personality, Wiley has garnered quite the following on social media and currently has 167K followers on Instagram. In fact, he's now so well-known that Smith has had strangers recognize him on the street.
Smith said: "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."
If you'd like to keep up with Wiley's adventures, you can follow him on Instagram.