• February 23, 2024

Prancer, The ‘Haunted Victorian Child’ Dog From Viral Ad, Has Been Adopted : NPR

Prancer, the 13 pound Chihuahua slash ship for a traumatized Victorian child who is now haunting our home. Second Chance Pet Adoption League Hide Caption

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Prancer, the 13-pound Chihuahua-slash “ship for a traumatized Victorian child who now haunts our home”.

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Good news: Prancer has been adopted.

The two-year-old, 13-pound Chihuahua dog, not so charitably described as “a doll in a dog’s body,” was featured in an unusually honest ad for adoption earlier this month that attracted hundreds of thousands of people on social media.

Now Prancer – the “haunted Victorian child inside a little dog who hates men and children” – has found a home with Ariel Davis, a 36-year-old resident of New Haven, Conn. She brought Prancer home for his last week newly created Instagram account.

“I read the article, connected to it and I was like you know what, why not? I’ll just email you. What’s the worst that can happen?” Davis said in an interview with Today.

While rescue dog ads can be infamous for euphemisms about problem behaviors, Prancers viral collection has not glossed over his shortcomings, of which there are many: he hates men. He hates children. He hates dogs. He hates cats. He is nervous and fearful and poorly socialized.

“I’ve been trying for the past few months to put this dog up for adoption and make it sound tasty. The problem is, it just isn’t.” read the ad. “There isn’t a very big market for neurotic, people-hating, animal-hating, child-hating dogs that look like gremlins.”

The ad was written by Tyfanee Fortuna, a 25-year-old New Jersey Second Chance Pet Adoption League volunteer who posted the ad on Facebook in early April.

By then, Prancer had been in her care for about six months, a time Fortuna described as “within the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape in which he created” [her] At home.”

Prancer came into the agency’s custody “scared, inviolable and severely overweight” after belonging to an elderly woman who “treated him like a human,” wrote Fortuna in another listing on Petfinder.

“I was excited to see him come out of his shell and become a real dog,” she wrote. “I am convinced at this point that he is not a real dog, but rather a vessel for a traumatized Victorian child who is now haunting our home.”

(It should be noted that Prancer also has a handful of good qualities outlined in the listing: he’s loyal, he’s house-trained, and “although we call him ‘Bologna face’, he’s kind of cute to look at.”)

After this a tweet that shields the Facebook post went viral, the rescue flooded with inquiries about Prancer, including the application from Ariel Davis, who said she saw the ad today and found she ticked all the boxes.

“I’m a single woman, I’m a single lesbian, I live with another woman, I don’t have any men in my life, I work in a women’s rehabilitation, I don’t have any other animals. It just felt like a perfect match “, she said.

Fortuna, who sponsored Prancer, posted an update Monday On her Facebook, she said she was grateful to everyone who shared the post on Prancer and that his adoption was one of the best days of her life.

“We miss Prancer, and he was loved here despite his quirks. I have a lot of experience with poisonous men so it was easy for me to overlook his malevolent tendencies and love him anyway,” she wrote. “However, when I am free from the constant chase of a Victorian child, I can sleep more easily.”


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