The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 01, 2021 1:00 am

Jersey devil dog starting new life

Good news for a Chihuahua described as a “Chucky doll in a dog's body” and embodying a “haunted Victorian child”: the dog now has a home.

Prancer, a 2-year-old New Jersey pup featured in a viral Facebook post about his neurotic tendencies, was recently adopted by Ariel Davis of New Haven, Connecticut. Davis, 36, told NBC's “Today” she was browsing social media when she found the post written by Prancer's foster owner.

“Ok, I've tried,” Tyfanee Fortuna wrote in the post that, as of Friday, had been shared more than 73,000 times. “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. But I have to believe there's someone out there for Prancer, because I am tired and so is my family.”

Davis believes she's that person.

“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,” she 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.”

The Facebook post says the dog's previous owner did not “socialize” Prancer. He later developed a personality.

“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,” Fortuna wrote.

We hope it works out.

Subscribe to our newsletters

* indicates required