“I’ve tried for the last several months to post this dog for adoption and make him sound... palatable,” she wrote. “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. 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 wrote that fellow Chihuahua owners would understand what she was talking about, saying Prancer embodied the “Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble.”
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“If you’re intrigued and horrified at how this animal sounds already, just wait.... there’s more,” she added. “Prancer came to me obese, wearing a cashmere sweater, with a bacon egg n cheese stuffed in his crate with him. I should have known in that moment this dog would be a problem.”
She explained that his previous owner was an elderly woman who treated Prancer like he was a human and didn’t socialize him.“Sprinkle in a little genetic predisposition for being nervous, and you’ve concocted a neurotic mess, AKA Prancer,” she wrote. “His first week he was too terrified to have a personality. As awful as it sounds, I kind of liked him better that way. He was quiet, and just laid on the couch. Didn’t bother anyone. I was excited to see him come out of his shell and become a real dog. I am convinced at this point he is not a real dog, but more like a vessel for a traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home.”
She also made an epic reference to "The Office" in terms of how Prancer gets along with other animals. "We have somewhat come to an agreement that it’s wrong to attack the other animals," she explained. "But you know that episode of 'The Office' where Michael Scott silently whispers 'I’ll kill you' to Toby? That’s Prancer having to begrudgingly coexist with everyone when I’m around."
Prancer also has a very specific taste in humans in that he only likes women, so if you have a husband, "don't bother applying, unless you hate him."
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“We also mentioned no kids for Prancer. I think at this point, you can imagine why,” she added. “He’s never been in the presence of a child, but I can already imagine the demonic noises and shaking fury that would erupt from his body if he was. Prancer wants to be your only child.”
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Despite Prancer’s oddities, Fortuna said that he has some good traits, including his loyalty and penchant for companionship. She wrote, “He likes to go for car rides, he is housebroken, he knows a few basic commands, he is quiet and non destructive when left alone at home, and even though we call him bologna face he is kind of cute to look at. He also ‘smiles’ when he is excited."
Fortuna understands that Prancer might be a hard sell and that “finding someone who wants a Chucky doll in a dogs body is hard.”
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“If you’ve always wanted your own haunted Victorian child in the body of a small dog that hates men and children, please email [email protected],” she wrote. “Oh, also he’s only 2yrs old and will probably live to be 21 through pure spite, so take that into account if you’re interested.”
Prancer is available for adoption through Second Chance Pet Adoption League, located in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Even with the colorful description of Prancer given by Fortuna, Stephanie Pearl, a representative for Second Chance Pet Adoption League, told TODAY via e-mail that they have had inquiries nationwide for potential owners wanting to adopt him after sharing Fortuna's post on their Facebook page, but are only accepting local applications in order for the potential adopter to meet with him and form a connection.
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“We have had lots of lovely well-meaning people inquiring, and we hope that every one of them goes to their local shelter or rescue and opens their home to a needy dog like Prancer... well maybe not just like Prancer, but there are so many homeless dogs in need,” she wrote.
Pearl said that Second Chance Pet Adoption League specializes in “misunderstood little ones” much like Prancer who need specific homes due to their fears, lack of socialization and training, as well as tough pasts. She also says for anyone looking to adopt a new canine friend into their family, not to overlook the “underdogs.”
“No matter what personality, breed, size, age you are looking for, you can find your match in a shelter or rescue somewhere!” she wrote. “And consider being a foster home! Prancer is only alive, adored, and now scarily famous today because his foster mom stepped and up and rescued him to keep him out from being euthanized or brought to a shelter where his unique, um, ‘attitude’ may not have been understood or appreciated.”
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Prancer's unique personality melted the hearts of many on social media, who have now become personally invested in his adoption journey and are still thinking about him after the viral post.
"i really hope prancer the chihuahua finds his forever home i love you sweet devil prince," one person tweeted.
Another user wrote, "just read the adoption ad for Prancer the Haunted Victorian Chihuahua and I damn near choked on my tea. What a treat. someone please adopt and love this dog."
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