Name: Chico & Peanut
Age: 1.5 and 2 years old
ABOUT THE DOGS:
Owners Pauline Mercado and her daughter Christine Kenney purchased Peanut, a Chihuahua, from a private party when he was about six weeks old. A short while later they got Chico, another Chihuahua, when he was seven weeks old. The two dogs were the best of friends.
When Christine left for college, she took Chico with her. The long-distance relationship drove a wedge between the two dogs, and the first time they saw each other after the separation, they started fighting. From that initial reunion, the aggression has escalated to the point where the two dogs will now begin to fight if they are ever in the same room.
ABOUT THE OWNER:
Pauline is a professor in psychology, and she teaches graduate students to become school psychologists. Her daughter Christine is a student of psychology at Ventura College.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Pauline’s father spent his time between takes playing golf in the Mercado’s back yard. The production assistant would have to fetch him when he was needed on camera.
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