Wiley the Dalmatian wears his heart on his nose. This one-year-old puppy made his name on the Internet thanks to that mark, and his more than 120,000 followers on Instagram can't get enough of him. His human, Lexi Smith, 26, describes Wiley as "25 kilos of playful, clumsy, smug, hungry, loving, curious, wild, silly and happy love. No amount of pictures can fully capture what he is and what he means to me, he's my best friend.
Lexi, who lives in Colorado, met Wiley in Oklahoma on St. Patrick's Day last year, and although his mark makes him stand out, it's not the reason she chose him.”
"He was part of a litter of 11 and 8 were males, so I had a hard time choosing. The heart was there, but not fully formed, and besides, the spots on the Dalmatians change when they grow up. I chose him because the breeder told me he slept, ate and cuddled, so we had a lot in common."
Well, now the puppy has grown and developed."Wiley has more personality in his body than any dog I've ever known.”
Smith claims that hiking is one of his favorite activities. "We're lucky to live in Colorado and have beautiful, huge places to play and explore. He loves hiking or going to the giant dog parks here.”
Luckily for Wiley, the pair lives in an area where the beautiful dog can release some of that energy.
“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.”
When this adorably cute do dog isn't snuggling, his mom said he could also be quite stubborn (a common trait among Dalmatian dogs).
"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.”
For Smith, she wouldn't trade Wiley's occasional stubbornness for the world,"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-shaped dog nose, but mostly it's just people shocking 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.”