As part of NBC Sports Pro Pets series, each week, NBC Sports Washington will release a new short-form video profiling local athletes and the animals they love. Presented by Olde Towne Pet Resort.
Washington Spirit and United States women's national soccer team midfielder, Rose Lavelle, has made a name for herself on the field, but the bigger celebrity just might be her English Bulldog, Wilma Jean Wrinkles.
"When Wilma was born Instagram became a thing, so she [Wilma] wanted an Instagram," Lavelle said. "My mom is her PR so she runs her account, but it's kind of a group effort."
Wilma has over 5,000 followers on IG and at this point, she's a certified influencer. "She's pretty photogenic so it's easy," Lavelle said.
Rose is willing to put Wilma up against any other dogs at the park in a good old-fashioned game of soccer.
"She's pretty good at soccer," Lavelle said. "She'd definitely be a defender - she's good at stopping me especially because she's so low to the ground."
A major part of being an athlete is nutrition. Luckily for Wilma, that's her favorite thing to work on.
"She eats anything and everything," Lavelle said. "She cries anytime someone has a morsel of food around her because she wants you to share anything you're eating."
Wilma's home is in Cincinnati so when the USWNT played in Cinci they received a warm greeting from the six-year-old four-legged friend.
"She greeted us at the airport with a US dress on," Lavelle said. "We got a picture of that and it turned into a very big hit."
"Like every bulldog she's stubborn, which is fun," Lavelle said, "I honestly feel like she's the dog version of myself - she's my sister."