It’s always best to tell the truth when you post an online ad — if you embellish the details, you’re bound to get rumbled eventually. That goes for anything you want to re-home, including pets. Case in point: Prancer the Chihuahua, whose foster owner was brutally honest when looking for a forever family for the pooch.
The original ad was posted on Facebook by Tyfanee Fortuna in early April, and quickly received viral attention after the post described Prancer as a “demonic” dog who embodies a “traumatized Victorian child.”
“Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home,” Fortuna wrote.
You can read Fortuna’s highly descriptive Facebook post about Prancer in full here:
The ad got over 50,000 reactions on Facebook, and also went viral on Twitter after being shared by user @HLMongoose.
Posting the extremely honest ad actually succeeded in getting Prancer adopted. The dog’s new owner, Ariel Davis, fell in love with the “Chucky doll in a dog’s body” before she even met him. Davis, from New Haven, Connecticut, told Today that she was compelled to email Second Chance Adoption Center in New Jersey after seeing the ad on Facebook.
“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 Russel Terrier mix,” Davis said. “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.”
Sadly, Davis had to give up her old dog when she sought help for her marijuana addiction a few years ago. But after being sober for three years, she’s now in a position to take on the responsibility of a pet. And despite being described as a “neurotic, man-hating, animal-hating, children-hating” dog (that looks like a gremlin), Prancer ticked all of Davis’s boxes — and vice versa.
“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 rehab, I don’t have any other animals,” she told Today. “It just felt like a perfect match … and the rest is history.”