This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield spoke to the owner of a “demonic’ chihuahua whose adoption plea went viral after he was described as a “haunted Victorian child” who despised other animals and men.
Ariel took on Prancer despite his many challenging behavioural traits after reading the Facebook post penned by his foster carer Tyfanee which called him “a haunted Victorian child in the body of a small dog that hates men and children”.
“When I read the ad I was able to relate a lot to some of the characteristics he was described as, I cared for a dog similar seven years ago,” she explained.
“He is very loyal, quiet and non-destructive when he was not left alone, some really great traits for an animal, I thought why not?”
She continued: “It’s been life-changing, he has done a lot to get me out of the house, now I am always going on walks, and he has helped me open up my social network as well.
“I am a single woman, I am also a lesbian, I live with another female, I have no other animals, my work hours are good, I live close to my work so I can come home if he needs anything.
“But he is still absolutely demonic when he meets men,” she laughed, adding that she is getting him some professional training.
Tyfanee said many prospective owners thought they could change Prancer, but revealed: “I have fostered a lot and he was definitely the most challenging, there was no way he was accepting other animals or men.
“He hated all of the other animals, he really hated my dad, it became constant barking, growling, nipping at ankles.
“He would make a lot of noise, I had to be on top of him all the time.”
Tyfanee’s hilarious and brutally honest description of Prancer began: “Ok, I’ve tried. 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. Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home.
“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. He was owned by an elderly woman who treated him like a human and never socialized him.
“Sprinkle in a little genetic predisposition for being nervous, and you’ve concocted a neurotic mess, AKA Prancer.”
She added: “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.
“Have other dogs? Cats? Don’t apply unless they like being shaken up like a ragdoll by a 13lb rage machine,” she added.
But she told Phil and Holly: “It was very peaceful coming home without him, but I do miss him a lot!”