TAMPA (WFLA) – A New Jersey woman’s post advertising what she described as a “demonic” chihuahua for adoption went viral for its candor and hilarity, and now the dog has found a forever home.
Tyfanee Fortuna announced on Facebook that Prancer, which she described as a “Chucky doll in a dog’s body,” has been adopted.
TODAY found the new owner, Ariel Davis of Connecticut, who said she stumbled upon Fortuna’s Facebook post and was inspired to adopt.
“I had a dog that I adopted probably about seven years ago and I raised him from a puppy and he was a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix,” she exclusively told TODAY. “He had a lot of the same qualities as Prancer, he was a little neurotic and he barked a lot and he didn’t work well with other people and other animals. I spent a lot of time working with him and understanding his personality and learning about myself through him.”
Fortuna had been fostering the 2-year-old chihuahua when her Facebook post advertising the dog went viral.
“Ok, I’ve tried. I’ve tried for the last several months to post this dog for adoption and make him sound…palatable. The problem is, he’s just not. There’s not a very big market for neurotic, man hating, animal hating, children hating dogs that look like gremlins,” Fortuna wrote in the post that’s been liked over 73,000 times on Facebook.
“But I have to believe there’s someone out there for Prancer, because I am tired and so is my family. Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home.”
Fortuna goes on to chronicle Prancer’s unusual behaviors, including “hating” men and other pets.
But there’s a sweet side to Prancer, too, Fortuna said.
“He is loyal beyond belief, although to tell you a secret his complex is really just a facade for his fear,” she wrote. “If someone tried to kill you I can guarantee he would run away screeching. But as far as companionship, you will never be alone again.”
Davis reached out to the Second Chance Pet Adoption League. In the email, which Davis shared with TODAY, she told her personal story, and why she connected with Prancer, who reminded her so much of her dog, Doodle.
“I got there and we just connected,” she said. “Prancer took pretty well to me. Eventually, I took Prancer for a walk and he wasn’t nipping at me or biting at my heels. We just got along. With my story and the fact that I didn’t come off as incredibly crazy just kind of meshed and everything seemed to go well. He went home with me that day. He was a perfect little gentleman in the car.”
Davis has had Prancer for a week now and says that he’s been doing well in his new home so far. “He is a small, neurotic dog and it’s been hard coming from a chaotic home,” she said. “The first day he was adjusting, he just hung out and gathered his bearings.”
As for fans of Prancer who want to keep up with his story, don’t you worry. Davis has created an Instagram account dedicated to Prancer and his journey.
“I did make an Instagram for him and I would love to keep everybody in the loop and upload pictures, but I do think that it is important for him to live a normal lifestyle, he is a dog, he’s no Grumpy Cat,” she said. “We’re both taking it one day at a time, as long as he’s not under any pressure and as long as he’s getting along. We’ll see!”
This story first appeared on TODAY.com.