Rescue Dog Who Ate Its Owner Becomes Internet Sensation

by : Francesca Donovan on : 30 Oct 2017 08:56
Tyfanee Fortuna ‎/ DogSpotting / Facebook

A rescue dog who ate its owner has become an Internet viral sensation, for his grisly survival instinct and shifty eyes.

Meet Rumpelstiltskin, an adopted dog who has seen some things. The so-called ‘survivalist pupper’ was forced to eat his last owner to avoid starvation after his human died.


Yet despite his grisly backstory, his current owner, Tyfanee, believes Rumpelstiltskin is the best dog in the world and deserves some recognition.

Tyfanee Fortuna‎/DogSpotting

So that’s where the Facebook page, ‘DogSpotting’ comes in. In case you missed it, it’s a dog’s life online, where canine devotees rally together in praise of pups.

Tyfanee is no different, taking to the Facebook group to share her adoration for her ‘4lbs of love and nervous shaking’.


To be fair, if you’d had to eat a human to stave off starvation, you’d be a nervous wreck too, and I guess it’s why the Internet’s collective heart has kind of melted over the fighting spirit of this pup.

undefinedTyfanee Fortuna ‎/ DogSpotting / Facebook

Tyfanee shared:

Maybe this is the group where he finally gets the recognition he deserves? This is Rumpelstiltskin and he is 4lbs of love and nervous shaking.

I adopted him 1yr ago from an animal shelter because his owner died.

Bonus info: his owner was dead for a considerable time before anyone noticed and he did eat his human to stay alive. +1 for being a survivalist pupper.

His legs are weirdly long for his small body and also bowed out in a way that makes them look like a fancy table. He likes food, undivided attention and sleeping for many hours at a time.

Tyfanee Fortuna‎ / DogSpotting / Facebook / Nickelodeon

Tyfanee later revealed the dog’s previous owner had been dead for two weeks until their body was found, meaning the dog would have been starving when it ate them.

Rumpelstiltskin has proved quite the hit with fans, quickly racking up a lot of support from the DogSpotters, garnering over 4,000 likes at the time of writing.

Many of the 800-odd comments express the writers’ torn emotions towards the slightly shifty-looking canine.

Tyfanee Fortuna‎/DogSpotting

One wrote, ‘He scares me but I love him’, while another, ever-logical, said:

Bless his heart & his Queen Anne legs. Any animal would do what he did to survive & look at the size of him it’s not like he’d eat much is it.

Julia Norling focused on the human tragedy, when she wrote:


Honestly, I’m most traumatized by the fact it took people two weeks to notice this woman had passed away. That’s an awful fate.

I’m glad Rumpel’ and his kin survived though. By whatever means necessary, I don’t begrudge them a bit (seems like their owner probably wouldn’t have either).


Now, the question left asked by most pet owners is would your beloved fluffer eat you should you kick the bucket?

2015 study pulled together 63 cases of indoor scavenging and found some surprising patterns which opened up fascinating questions about why pets might be motivated to eat the dead.

After all, dogs are descended from wolves. I mean, haven’t you seen The Grey?

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Animals


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    Tyfanee Fortuna

  2. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

    Specific patterns of canine scavenging in indoor settings.