A New York dog has become the subject of a viral Facebook post advertising his adoption status but describing him as a “fire-breathing dragon.”
The Niagara County Niagara SPCA is looking for a home for Ralphie, a rescued French bulldog who isn’t exactly “man’s best friend.”
“Ralphie is a specter in a somewhat small package. What could go wrong with a 26 pound dog, right? You must be thinking: my ankles will be fine. We want to warn — proceed at your own risk,” the animal nonprofit wrote.
According to their post, Ralphie, who is still available after his viral moment, is best suited to a home with the “Mother of Dragons” or an adult home with no other animals.
The Niagara County Niagara SPCA is looking for a home for Ralphie, a rescued French bulldog who isn’t exactly “man’s best friend”
The post caught the attention of thousands of Facebook users who may have been caught in the act when the agency said they couldn’t “sugarize” the animal’s behavior.
“We don’t really have too many nice things to say, so we’re just going to get it over with,” reads a message from the Niagara SPCA.
The post says that one can look at the pup and think he looks sweet and innocent, but it just isn’t true.
At first glance, he’s a cute, highly sought-after young dog. People should be knocking on our doors for him. We promise you that won’t be the case.
The nonprofit says Ralphie seems to think boundaries and rules don’t apply to him and that his “cute face got him everything he wanted” in his first home.
The Niagara SPCA said its relationship with the first owner was “based on the assumption that Ralphie was in charge.”
Ralphie was taken to board and train but was rehomed.
This is the description of Ralphie posted by the Niagara SPCA
On his second placement, the French bulldog was taken to the shelter because he couldn’t get along with the other dog in the house.
“Two weeks into this new home, he was surrendered to us because ‘our older dog is a nuisance,’ the nonprofit wrote in their post.
“What they really meant was: Ralphie is a fire-breathing demon and will eat our dog, but heck, he only weighs 26 pounds,” the post continued.
Where other animal agencies may have thrown in the towel at this point, the Niagara SPCA went further and doubled down on their not-so-positive view.
“Many people withheld Ralphie’s less-than-desirable traits, but we’re going to tell you all about it. He’s a whole jerk, not even half. Everything belongs to him,” they wrote.
“If you dare to test his ability to own THE things, anger will follow. If you show a moment of weakness, prepare to be exploited. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?’ continued the agency.
“The ideal home for Ralphie is the Mother of Dragons, or an adult home with no other animals, with an owner who will lead him calmly and sternly – not put up with any mess,” they wrote.
The Niagara SPCA is a nonprofit shelter in Niagara County, New York
The Niagara SPCA is only looking for serious inquiries with no exceptions.
“No underhanded backsies (just kidding, of course),” they wrote.
Officials of the organization have said so CNN Friday Ralphie is still available.
Interested parties are encouraged to call the Niagara SPCA at (716) 731-4368, extension 301 “if you’re that crazy.”
Since it was posted Tuesday, the photo has garnered nearly 2,000 likes and hundreds of shares.
Hundreds of people have also commented on the post, some expressing interest, while others share their own personal stories about their “jerk” pets.
Little ralphie sounds like a reincarnated boba fett here. We lost him to cancer last year. He wasn’t the easiest dog, he was certainly a test of patience, but he made life interesting and we loved him very much,” one woman wrote.
“I would like to donate towards his adoption fee. I’m bossy and also too much for some people, so he’s kind of my spirit animal,” said another commenter.
“His face says he’s 0% sorry,” wrote another.
Commentators shared their own stories of “jerk” pets under the post
A woman offered to pay the animal’s adoption fee and called Ralphie her ‘spirit animal’
Another woman said she feels Ralphie’s pain as her own pup is the same way