Sean told BuzzFeed News Willy is a 7-year-old miniature Shetland collie who he loves having around.
“He’s a relaxed fun dog,” Sean said.
Sean said he actually tried to bring Willy last semester as well, but his parents caught him when he was about to leave.
“After that I got the feeling from them it wasn’t too big of a deal,” he said.
Sean said he misjudged how chill his parents would be about the whole thing.
“I was wrong, they were very angry,” he said.
He said his mom texted him things like, “your dad is pissed,” “you already don’t remember to feed him when you’re home,” and that they were worried Willy would miss their other dog.
“They were worried that I wouldn’t be able to take care of him but I brought a tub of his food and his favorite toys,” he said. “He was in for a fun week but it got shut down.”
“I thought the whole situation was funny when my parents flipped out about it as I was almost back to my apartment, like I was pulling off some sort of heist,” he said.
“My dad’s still mad about it,” he added.
“I think the idea of taking your dog to college is something everybody wants to do but obviously isn’t able to,” he said.
Sean said having so many responses to his tweet has been “cool,” and that he’s even been recognized on campus.
“I don’t get much out of being ‘Twitter famous’ — maybe in high school I would’ve, but I’m just happy with entertaining people,” he said.