Ask most New Englanders to name the region’s most-popular Wally, and they’d probably name the mascot for the Boston Red Sox: Wally the Green Monster.
But that Wally is a two-legged boy of summer. And it’s really just a person in a furry green suit. After large swaths of Massachusetts endured upwards of three feet of snow on Tuesday, there’s a new Wally in town, and he’s a four-legged fan of winter. He’s not just real, he’s spectacular.
This Wally, a Goldendoodle from West Concord, Mass., reminded everyone oh what fun it is to play in a winter wonderland. Captured on video at the height of the blizzard by his parents, James Smith and Alix Todd, and delivered to Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH, in slow-motion, Wally cavorts his way toward the camera, his face flashing a widening smile with each leap, while his floppy ears flail about like, as one viewer observed, a pair of windshield wipers.
WHDH played the clip during its day-long storm coverage on Tuesday, and also posted it to its Facebook page, where by Wednesday night, it had received over 2.5 million hits.
“It’s kind of amazing,” Smith told WHDH. “We just took him out there like we do every day, let him jump around in the snow, happened to run a camera on it, and he loved it and apparently a lot of other people do too.”
“He’s like our child, really,” he said. “Our baby Walter White has gone big time. We just hope he remembers us when he goes off to Hollywood and becomes big and famous.”
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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).