If you are a meme lover and scroll through memes daily, you are familiar with Walter, the dog who got famous on social media with a photo. This photo was posted on Twitter in 2018 with the caption, “When u open the front-facing camera on accident.” It got viral that received 45000 likes and thousands of retweets. Not only this, Walter, the bull terrier, began to be posted to express a different type of emotions. This made Walter famous, and everyone knows the dog by the name Walter. But his real name is Nelson, who has high scores on the subreddit. Why was he named Nelson then? The answer to this question is that a post, Walter Clement meme went viral on Reddit, and it was after this that Nelson was named Walter.
As everyone knows, the internet is the home of numerous fake news. One was about Walter’s death, who was shot dead in a robbery in Philadelphia, but fortunately, this news was denied by Walter’s real owner, who posted a photo of the dog showing him healthy and alive. According to the owner, Walter is a funny dog who likes to mess up the sofa and bookshelves but does not like to play with toys. This Episode learns an essential lesson of verifying first what you see on social media. This also highlights the importance of social media in a modern time where mobilization occurs immediately and news spread within minutes, either real or fake.
Walter Dog Breed:
What dog breed is Walter? What breed is Walter the dog? The answer to these questions is that the Bull terrier is a breed of dog from the terrier family. The bull terrier’s most recognizable feature is his head, which is described as an “egg-shaped head,” especially viewed from the front. The flat is the top of the skull. From the top of the skull to the nose’s tip, the profile curves downwards gently, which is bent and black downwards at the tip with well-developed nostrils.
Moreover, the lower jaw is strong and deep. The unique triangle eyes are dark, small, and deep-set. It is important to note that only bull terrier has triangle eyes. The body of the bull terrier is round and full with strong, muscular shoulders. The tail is carried horizontally. These dogs are red, white, black, fawn, brindle, or a combination of these colors. Walter, the dog, was in white with a black nose.
Bull terriers can be both obstinate and independent. That is why these dogs are not considered suitable for an inexperienced dog owner. A bull terrier Walter is amenable to discipline and has a comfortable and even temperature. Although these dogs are stubborn and obstinate, they are good with people and get companionship, as described by the Bull Terrier Club. If they are socialized, Walter the dogs become friends with other pets and animals. Their personality’s main features include full of spirit, courageous, fun-loving attitude, perfect family member, and a children-loving dog. Unfortunately, bull terriers breed has been a victim of breed-specific legislation. In 2008, a study was conducted in Germany which found that bull terriers did not have any significant personality difference from Golden Retrievers in overall temperature researches.
Health of Bull Terriers Walter:
The health of bull terriers is of great concern. For example, deafness should be checked in all puppies as 20.4% pure white bull terriers and 1.3% colored bull terriers suffer from deafness. Moreover, it is hard to notice bull terriers, especially in young puppies. In addition to this, many bull terriers may develop skin allergies. Insect bites such as mites, fleas, and mosquitoes can produce a generalized allergic response of rash, hives, and itching. By keeping the dog free from these insects’ contact, bull terriers can be kept free from these problems. But this type of stoppage of contacts is particular in circumstances or climates where exposure to these insects is unstoppable and inevitable. A UK breed survey posits median and means life year at 10 and 9, respectively. However, a good number of dogs live for 10 to 15 years.
History of Walter Dog Breed:
At the start of the 19th century, the bull and terrier breeds were developed to satisfy animal-based blood sports and vermin control needs. The bull and terriers were based on the Old English Terriers and the Old English Bulldog (now extinct) with possible other terriers. This new breed possessed the agility and speed of lightly built terriers with the bulldog’s fierce tenacity. Since the bulldog was bred exclusively for fighting, he did not perform well in most combat situations. To enhance the quality of fighting, many people began to breed bulldogs with terriers.
Although mixture was created knowing that such a mixture of bulldog and terrier is of high value, nothing or little was done to save and preserve the breed in its original form. The breed was not for appearance but performance due to the lack of breed standards. After this, the “bull and terrier” were divided into the ancestors of “Staffordshire Bull Terriers” and “bull terriers.” Both are easier and smaller to handle as compared to the progenitor. In the mid of the 19th century, to have nicer heads and better legs, James Hinks began to breed bull and terriers with English White Terriers that are extinct today. Although these dogs did not have an egg-like head, they stopped in the skull profile.
The dog immediately became popular, and breeding continued, using Spanish Pointer, Dalmatian, and Whippet to enhance agility and elegance and Rough Collie and Borzoi to reduce the stop. Hinks wanted his dog to be in white and explicitly bred for getting white color. “Lord Gladiator” from 1917 is now recognized as the first modern Bull terrier with no stop at all, being the first dog of this kind. However, because of the medical issues associated with the color white, Ted Lyon and others began breeding to get other colors using Stafford shire Bull Terriers in the early years of the 20th century. That is why colored bull terriers began to be known as a different variety (at least by the AKC) in 1936. Although brindle is the preferred color, yet other colors are also welcome. In addition to color, specific behavior traits and characteristics were also sought by breeding.
Walter Dog Meme:
From the beginning of memes, animal memes go viral and become famous. People’s pets become the source of amusement and iconic memes. Animal memes of Cheers, Doge, Long cat, and Lime cat are some of the most popular memes. However, among them was the meme of Walter, the dog that became popular recently. Although some people may not know who Walter meme dog, yet one of his photos went viral and was shared and retweeted by thousands of people over the past couple of years. Walter dog memes did spread like wildfire and became famous. Walter the dog meme went viral on Twitter in late 2018. The angle at which the image was taken made the Walter dog look like he has a giant nose and no ears.
This image was circulated on social media to make funny and hilarious memes featuring the dog, Walter the Dog. Within minutes of posting, a meme began spreading primarily on Reddit’s/r/okbuddyretard. One post by user donkeyfromshrek5 gained 3900 points, and another post from the user gained more than 11000 points. Although memes featuring Walter got famous, especially on the subreddit, some did not like the post.
For example, moderators banned the spread of Walter’s post what they called Walter Clements references and “dogface” memes. Despite this, many users gained higher points in memes, with Nelson (Walter) as a post by Govern_ gained 410 points and a post by F3v3rDr34m3r gained 9600 points. Thus, the meme featuring Walter, the meme dog, remained popular for a long time. You may have seen this dog if you are a meme lover.
How Did it Get the Name, Walter?
Within minutes of Nelson’s first post, numerous people began posting and retweeting his photo on social media with different captions and names. However, nothing gained more popularity than the mem trending with the name Walter Clement. Thus after this, Nelson came to be known as Walter, the dog, which is how Nelson gets his new name.
News of Walter dog’s Death:
Social media is where people, mostly celebrities, get trolled, and fake news is spread against and about them. Have you ever heard news posing a person dead even if he or she is alive? This is what happened with Nelson, Walter, the dog. How did the Walter dog die? When did Walter the dog die? Is Walter the dog dead? These questions about Walter’s dog were raised when a post claiming the death of Walter’s dog was spread on the internet with some Instagram posts showing pictures of gunshot wounds to the dog. People got sad when they saw this post or heard this news.
However, the dog owner, Victoria Leigh, posted a photo of Walter on his Twitter account, showing the dog healthy and fit. The owner itself denied all the rumors about his death. It all started when a website named CelebritiesDeaths.com posted a photo featuring a bull terrier lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. This article spread like wildfire since it named the very dog Walter but with different spellings. After this, many Twitter users and Instagrammers started posting condolences for the adorable and cute bull terrier Pana Walter.
How did Walter’s Owner Clarify the News?
When the real owner of Walter, the dog, saw this post, she shut down the claims of her dog’s death, stating that the name of the dead dog is Billy. Billy was shot dead when robbers gunned him down during a robbery in Philadelphia. Walter’s owner further clarified about his health showing in the image that Walter is alive and healthy.
Victoria, the owner of Walter, debunked the rumor by saying, “Hello, users of the internet. I don’t know where this image 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. Billy doesn’t desire the named to be used as a hoax to spread sadness. Billy deserves great recognition for his bravery and awesomeness. If anything (god forbids) ever happens to Nelson, the update will come from his social media account, here and on Twitter, @.PupperNelson. Anything else you see online is just a rather more…”
The Lesson to be Learned from this Episode:
Internet and social media are magical places that are good as well as bad at the same time. You may get fame within minutes. But on the other hand, you can be humiliated or trolled with fake news. The same happened with Walter when the news was spread about his death. An important thing to learn from this episode is that you should post something on the internet after verifying material or news authenticity. On the other hand, if you are reading news or seeing something on social media, you should not immediately believe what is being said. You should research and verify to know the validity of the news.
In the end, we can say that the internet is a magical place where anyone can get trolled and be famous within hours, or your post can go viral for what you are doing. The same happened with Walter, the dog who got famous with just a meme featuring his face. Later on, thousands of people shared his photo to show different expressions. As fake news is spread on social media, such was the case with the post showing Walter’s death, the dog. Everyone was sad to know this, but this news was denied by Walter’s real owner, who posted his photo showing Nelson (Walter) safe and alive.