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‘Demonic’ Chihuahua finally finds a new home with Connecticut woman


The little devil has found a forever home.

A Connecticut woman adopted Prancer, the 2-year-old Chihuahua who went viral after his New Jersey foster parent described what to expect from the “demonic” pooch.

Ariel Davis, 36, of New Haven, told NBC’s “Today” that she related to Prancer’s plight when she came across Tyfanee Fortuna’s hilarious description of the small dog on Facebook.

Prancer the 'demonic' Chihuahua
Ariel Davis has seen similarities between Prancer and one of her previous dogs.

“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 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,” she said.

Davis had to surrender Doodle and another dog, Blue, when she went to rehab for marijuana addiction several years ago. The two dogs have found new homes while she spent two years in the rehab facility where she now works.

“I’ve come to the point in my life where I’m stable enough to now have dogs again,” she said. “I talked to all the people in my community, my sponsor, my network, my therapist, and they all agreed that they were at the point where I could look into having a dog.

“I read the article, I connected to it, and I was like you know what, why not? I’ll just send them an email. What’s the worst that could happen?” added Davis, who emailed the Second Chance Pet Adoption League about Prancer.

Prancer the 'demonic Chihuahua'
Prancer’s new owner, Ariel Davis, said he is acclimating well to his new home.

“Reading about Prancer brought back intense memories of the dog I still love so much,” she wrote the adoption center.

“They were very similar in demeanor and looking into Prancer’s eyes in those pictures I saw the little sh-t Doodle I love so much (I say this lovingly!) … I am not looking to replace Doodle, but I am looking for a companion that I can take proper care of and give a loving home.”

Prancer the 'demonic' Chihuahua
Davis told the “Today” show she was a great fit to adopt Prancer.

She told the “Today” show: “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. It just felt like a perfect match … and the rest is history.”

When Davis made the trip to New Jersey, she brought Prancer’s favorite food with her to make a good impression, according to the report.

“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,” she said.

“With my story and the fact that I didn’t come off as incredibly crazy 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 added.

Prancer has been acclimating well to his new home, she said.

“He is a small, neurotic dog and it’s been hard coming from a chaotic home. The first day he was adjusting, he just hung out and gathered his bearings,” she said.

Earlier this month, Fortuna wrote on Facebook  that she had tried for months to make the pup sound “palatable” to potential adopters.

“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,” she wrote.

“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 said she was “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” and described him as a “Chucky doll in a dog’s body.”

She described the puny pooch as being the embodiment of the Chihuahua meme that refers to the breed as “50% hate and 50% tremble.”

Prancer the 'demonic' Chihuahua
Davis said Prancer was a “perfect little gentleman” on the car ride home.

But Davis doesn’t appear to mind the dog’s many quirks, saying she’s happy to have the new companion.

“I’m a homebody, too. I’d rather stay home than socialize, but he’s helped me get out of the house actually and we go on walks and I want to take him to the beach,” she said.

“He’s helping me get out of my shell and one of my goals is to help him become more adjusted to seeing other people,” Davis added.

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