Honesty turned out to be the best policy when it came to finding a forever home for a chihuahua named Prancer who was available through the Second Chance Pet Adoption League. In a now-viral adoption post, his foster parent described him as a “13-pound rage machine” who hates men, children, and other pets. He was also described as a “vessel for a traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home.”
Following the adoption post in which New Jersey-based animal foster care parent Tyfanee Fortuna hilariously and truthfully described Prancer’s personality, Ariel Davis, a single lesbian from Connecticut who shares a space with another woman, adopted him.
“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 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.”
“Prancer only likes women. Nothing else. He hates men more than women do, which says a lot. If you have a husband don’t bother applying, unless you hate him. Prancer has lived with a man for 6 months and still has not accepted him. He bonds to a woman/women, and takes his job of protection seriously. He offers better protection than capitol security. This also extends to other animals. Have other dogs? Cats? Don’t apply unless they like being shaken up like a ragdoll by a 13lb rage machine.”
Finally, Fortuna just said it outright.
“His ideal home would be with a single woman, a mother and daughter, or a lesbian couple,” Fortuna wrote.
And that’s when Davis read the notice and became inspired to drive from Connecticut to New Jersey to meet him.
Davis and Prancer together at home.
“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,” Davis 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."
Davis, who also spoke about being in recovery for three years and being ready to bond with a pet again, then described her first meeting with Prancer.
“I got there and we just connected. 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,” Davis said. “With my story and the fact that I didn’t come off as incredibly crazy [it] 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 set up an Instagram account for Prancer, where she posts their adventures that include car rides, snuggling, and Prancer’s high-fashion shirts and sweaters. Check them out at @Prancerthechihuahua.