Pit Bull Can’t Stop Grinning Since Being Adopted By His Musician Dad

Detroit-based musician Dan Tillery and his girlfriend Megan just bought their first house. The first order of business, once the boxes were unpacked, was to go adopt a dog.

“We can get our pup now!” Dan tells us.

The couple spread the word around that they were looking for a big white blockheaded goofball.

Someone exactly along the lines of Sir Wiggleton here.

dog smiling since adopted

Sir Wiggleton is a lucky boy. He is a former stray who landed in Detroit’s city shelter a few months ago. That’s where Kristina Millman-Rinaldi found him.

Kristina is executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue, the city’s only no kill shelter. Sir Wiggleton wasn’t on the list of dogs Kristina was there for. But dog rescuers have soft hearts. Once Kristina saw the boy boy in his small kennel, she couldn’t leave him behind.

“He wanted out so bad he was defeated and sad,” she says. “I said we’ll take him too. Honest to god he was the last one on the truck.”

dog smiling since adopted

At DDR’s shelter, Sir Wiggleton made a big impression on staff and volunteers. But he kept getting overlooked by potential adopters.

Last week, Kristina posted his cute picture to Facebook, with the description that he is “a 2 year old American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix that loves the water and is just a big goofball.”

“Ten people tagged me,” says Dan. “He just looks like he fits.”

dog smiling since adopted

The adoption was finalized on Monday. Dan and Megan came to the shelter, and joyfully retrieved their dog.

They’ve all three of them been beaming since — even when Sir Wiggleton, now named Diggy, got his welcome home bath.

dog smiling since adopted

“He won’t stop smiling,” says Dan, who thinks that Diggy is quickly realizing that this is where he lives now, this is his home.

dog smiling since adopted

Dan describes himself as the guy at the party who’s always rolling around on the floor with a dog. He can’t wait to include Diggy in all parts of his own life — see all the big goofy, doggy smiles to come.  

“He’s definitely going to be my partner in crime with music,” Dan says. “I want him to have the best life ever, and I think he’s off to a great start.”

dog smiling since adopted


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