No, That’s Not A Second Head Growing Out Of A Pit Bull – It’s Her Chihuahua Best Friend

The photo above has been circulated online repeatedly over the past few years – and for good reason! It shows a remarkably devoted pair of mismatched pups adopted together from a California rescue. It’s adorable, heartwarming, and for some, shrouded in mystery. Here is the REAL story of Merrill and Taco’s unbreakable bond.

Towards the end of 2014, a female Pit Bull and a male Chihuahua were surrendered together to San Francisco’s Rocket Dog Rescue. Merrill the Pit Bull was suffering from a dangerous uterine infection and had to undergo lifesaving surgery. During her recovery rescuers were floored by the attentive dedication of Merrill’s little Chihuahua companion, Taco. He stuck by Merrill’s side like a tiny toothless nursemaid.

Despite their obvious size difference and the fact that Taco is a senior male while Merrill is a young adult female, these two have a bond like nothing the folks at RDR had ever seen before. It was decided that although bonded pairs are more difficult to adopt out, these two simply had to stay together. The duo was fostered by a wonderful volunteer named Jodi, and then adopted by a loving family in San Jose.

Veterinarians determined that Merrill was about 3 years old and had been bred at least once. She was likely surrendered to RDR because of the costly, life-threatening uterine infection, and possibly for the fact that she could no longer be used for breeding