The false information spread so much online that Leigh made a post to shut down the rumors. “Hello, users of the internet. I don’t know where this originated, but I am happy to report that Nelson is NOT dead. The injured dog in the vet photos is named Billy. He was shot protecting his owner during an armed robbery, but has since made a full recovery,” she wrote on social media.
With fame comes gossip, and apparently, it’s no different for a dog. In June 2020, rumors were going around that Nelson passed away. Photos were posted online of a bull terrier with gunshot wounds, which led some people to assume it was the dog from the Walter memes. An article even said it was Nelson, but don’t worry – he’s still alive & well.
The of the dog was posted to Twitter in late 2018. The picture was taken at an angle making him look like he has a giant nose and no ears. People started using the to make hilarious memes featuring the dog, who henceforth became known as Walter the Dog.
Animal memes have been popular since the beginning of memes. Funny photos of peoples’ pets have gone viral and became the source of iconic memes. Many memes like these have been shared for years retaining their legacy on the internet.
Leigh talked to Know Your Meme about Nelson’s personality. “I’m an introvert with social anxiety, so I’d much rather avoid strangers, but if we’re out on a walk and someone else goes past us, Nelson immediately wants to be their best friend,” said Leigh. “He’ll fall down for belly rubs two seconds after meeting someone. If he knew just how many people loved him and wanted to pet him, he’d probably pop from joy.”
Walter the Dog Laughing Meme
The original Walter the Dog meme and the Walter the Dog laughing meme resulted from a picture that caught Nelson at the perfect moment. In this case, Walter’s mouth is open, and his eyes are squinting so that it looks like he’s laughing. “Life is better when you’re laughing,” says Nelson. Can any of us disagree with that?
Walter the Dog Furniture Meme
Some memes are great because they’re clever. The Walter the Dog furniture meme makes an excellent point about the essence of furniture. “Yes, I know I’ve gotten hair all over the couch….It’s called ‘fur’niture…”
Maybe our pets are just taking the word more literally than we are.
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