Meet Merrill and Taco – despite their differences, these pups are the best of friends.
When they were adopted, Merrill – a pit bull – was 3 years old, and Taco – a tiny chihuahua – was 8. The two were fostered together at Rocket Dog Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Oakland, California after they were surrendered by their owners due to health issues.
According to its website, Rocket Dog is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned dogs at risk of being euthanized at overcrowded animal shelters.
“Rocket Dog Rescue’s ultimate goal is to create a world where all companion animals have loving and permanent homes and where no good natured dogs, no matter what their age, are killed in shelters because they are considered to be surplus or unadoptable.”
When Merrill and Taco came to the shelter, both of them were ill. Taco suffered from asthma and dental disease while Merrill had a severe uterine infection after being overused for breeding.
Merrill ended up needing life-saving surgery.
After Merrill came out of surgery, the two became inseparable. Taco refused to leave Merrill’s side during her recovery and the shelter made it clear that they were a pair who “love each other more than any bonded pair the shelter has ever seen.”
“They cry when leave each other’s side. This dynamic duo has lost their family, their home, and now we can’t let them lose each other!”
But one day a potential owner came in and fell in love with Merrill in the winter of 2014.
The family wasn’t looking for two dogs but when the owner came to fetch Merrill, it was clear they were getting a pair.
The dogs would not stop crying as the shelter tried to take Merrill to her new owner.
Luckily, the new family had a big heart and wanted Merrill enough (and wanted her to be happy) to take Taco along as well.
When the dogs arrived at their forever home and quickly got their own Facebook page dedicated to their adorable love for one another.
Dozens of photos have been posted over the years of the dogs snuggling up to one another and their loving family.
Merrill even returned the favor of being a recovery buddy when Taco’s asthma got worse and needed veterinary attention shortly after the adoption.
Here she is waiting outside the vet’s examination room while Taco was being examined.
Back at their new home, their roles were reversed, with Merrill never leaving Taco’s side as he recovered.
Eventually, Taco’s health issues stabilized and the two lived a very happy life together with their family.
While the family assumed Taco’s health problems would give them a year with him at most, the tough little dog survived for 3 years.
Sadly, in March of 2018 the family announced that he had passed away:
“Yesterday was a very sad day for us. Taco has passed away. He was a huge presence packed into a small package. When we adopted him we thought we would get a year. We got three. We feel so lucky to have had him join our family.”
After a few tough months, Merrill recovered from her loss and – as far as we know – is still enjoying her fur-ever home.
Be sure to scroll down below for a video of the doggie duo packed with photos of their sweet snuggle sessions.
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Source: Did You Know? via YouTube