Is Walter the Meme Dog Dead?

If Walter the Dog’s name is unfamiliar to you, the picture certainly will not be. The bull terrier is famous for the front camera or staring meme that has a closeup of his face. The dog’s picture first went viral in 2018 when the owner posted a photo with the caption ‘If you open the front-facing camera in an accident. Look at the picture to refresh your memory.

Since then, you may have also used Walter’s face as a meme template. However, like most internet celebrities, Walter was subjected to a death rumor that caused concern among netizens. First, let’s confirm that Walter is alive and well.

How did the death rumors start?

Rumors of Walter’s death were circulating when a website called posted an article with pictures of a terrier suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The article caught on, and many didn’t realize that Walter’s name had been misspelled. Several netizens posted condolences on Twitter and Instagram while sharing this article. Many also commented on the gruesome nature of Walter’s death.

Ultimately, Victoria Leigh, Walter’s apparent owner, slammed those rumors and put out the internet fire that was beginning to spread. Walter, the real name Nelson, has an Instagram page with an impressive following despite not being a verified account. Leigh explained that the pictures of the dog doing the rounds are not Walter or Nelson. The dog’s name is Billy and the dog died in February 2020 during a robbery in Philadelphia.

Victoria penned a clear post debunking the rumor and captioned it, “Hello netizens. I don’t know where this picture came from, but I’m happy to report that Nelson is NOT dead. The injured dog in the vet photos is called Billy. He was shot while protecting his owner during an armed robbery but has since made a full recovery. Billy doesn’t deserve to be used as a joke to spread sadness. Billy deserves great credit for his bravery and awesomeness. If anything ever happens to Nelson (God forbid) updates will come from his social media accounts here and on Twitter @.PupperNelson. Everything else you see online is just a rumor…”

She also did a much more humorous follow-up post, showing Walter holding a sign saying the dog is alive. Ultimately, it will come as a relief to netizens that the dog that inspired the viral meme is doing well. As you can see the sign is pre-dated to Walter to eliminate any doubt.

In summary, the habit of sharing news online without verification has led to a rise in death rumors and other such misinformation. Unfortunately, Walter the dog fell victim to such a rumor. However, Walter lives and will continue to live in our memories as he is now immortalized within meme culture.

Who is the Walter dog Meme?

His actual name is Nelson, he is a simple-minded dog and was born on July 15, 2017. He’s being called by “ Walter” not “ Nelson” after someone called Walter Clements meme post on Reddit becomes trending.

Is Walter the bull terrier still alive?

No, Walter is alive and healthy. All the rumors about his death were shut down by his owner itself. It all started when a website named posted a pic of the bull terrier laying on the ground due to gunshot wounds.

How old is Walter the dog?

Walter lived in Iowa and was the pet of Gideon, a boy whose mission to pet all the dogs has made a huge impact on brightening the landscape of Twitter and Instagram. He was at least 10 years old in human years, meaning he was at least 64 in dog years.

Who is the owner of the Walter dog?

Walter’s apparent owner, Victoria Leigh, addressed and slammed the death rumors on the dog’s Instagram page. It is important to note that Walter’s Instagram account is not verified, but it does have nearly 200,000 followers.

Does Walter the dog have an Instagram?

Yes. Nelson the bull terrier. He’s the dog in the “Walter” memes. Also on Twitter and TikTok.

Instagram: @puppernelson

Does Walter the dog have a Tik Tok?

Yes. Tik Tok: @puppernelson

Does Walter the dog have a Twitter?

Yes. Twitter: @PupperNelson

Does Walter the dog have a website?


Is Walter the dog dead?

No, Walter, the dog is not dead. Images of an injured dog that looks like Walter have circulated on social media, suggesting that the dog has died during an incident. However, the owner of Nelson (Walter’s real name) has taken to Twitter to explain that this was another dog.

Who is the Walter dog meme?

His actual name is Nelson, he is a simple-minded dog and was born on July 15, 2017. He’s being called by “ Walter” not “ Nelson” after someone called Walter Clements meme post on Reddit becomes trending.

Did Victoria Pedretti’s dog Walter Die?

In the post, Victoria included the viral photos that suggested that Walter died, and she explained that those photos were of a different dog named Billy. The dog in the photos was shot during an armed robbery in Philadelphia in February of 2020.

What happened to Walter the bull terrier?

As Walter’s owner has explained, the injured dog is named Billy and was wounded during an armed robbery. The bull terrier got shot in Philadelphia earlier this year, but the dog has already recovered.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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