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 SPCA in Niagara County is looking for a home for Ralphie, a rescued French bulldog who isn’t exactly ‘man’s best friend.’
‘Ralphie is a terror in a somewhat small package. What could go wrong with a 26lb dog, right? We’re sure you’re thinking: my ankles will be just fine. We’d caution- proceed at your own risk,’ the nonprofit animal agency wrote.
According to their post, Ralphie, who is still available after his viral moment, is best suited for a home with the ‘Mother of Dragons’ or any adult home with no other animals.
The Niagara SPCA in Niagara County 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 stopped in their tracks when the agency said they could not ‘sugar coat’ the animal’s demeanor.
‘We don’t actually have too many nice things to say so we’re just going to come out with it,’ a post from the Niagara SPCA reads.
The post states that one may look at the pup and think he looks sweet and innocent, but that it simply not true.
‘At first glance, he’s an adorable highly sought-after, young dog. People should be banging down our doors for him. We promise you, that won’t be the case,’ it read.
The nonprofit says Ralphie seems to think boundaries and rules do not apply to him and that his ‘cute face got him whatever he wanted’ in his first home.
The Niagara SPCA said his relationship with the first owner was ‘built on the premise that Ralphie was the boss.’
Ralphie was taken to board and train but was rehomed.
This is the description of Ralphie posted by the Niagara SPCA
In his second placement, the French bulldog was brought to the shelter because he was not getting along with the other dog in the home.
‘Two weeks into this new home and he was surrendered to us because “annoys our older dog,’ the nonprofit wrote in their post.
‘What they actually meant was: Ralphie is a fire-breathing demon and will eat our dog, but hey, he’s only 26lbs,’ the post continued.
Where other animal agencies may have thrown in the towel at this point, the Niagara SPCA continued, doubling down on their not-so-positive depiction.
‘Lots of 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 test his ability to possess THE things, wrath will ensue. If you show a moment of weakness, prepare to be exploited. Sounds fun, huh?’ the agency continued.
‘The ideal home for Ralphie is the Mother of Dragons, or an adult home free of other animals, with an owner who will lead him calmly and sternly- putting up with zero crap,’ they wrote.
The Niagara SPCA is a nonprofit shelter in Niagara County, New York
The Niagara SPCA is looking for serious inquiries only with no exceptions.
‘No takesy backsies (kidding, obviously),’ they wrote.
Officials with the organization told 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 picture has received 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 of their ‘jerk’ pets.
‘Little ralphie here sounds like a reincarnated boba Fett. We lost him the year before last to cancer. He was not the easiest dog, he was most certainly a test your patience kind of dog, but he made life interesting, and we loved him very much,’ wrote one woman.
‘I’d like to donate toward his adoption fee. I’m bossy and too much for some people too, so he’s a little bit my spirit animal,’ said another commenter.
‘His face says that he is 0% sorry,’ wrote another.
Commenters shared their own stories of ‘jerk’ pets underneath the post
One woman offered to pay for the animal’s adoption fee, calling Ralphie her ‘spirit animal’
Another woman said she feels Ralphie’s pain as her own pup is the same way