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Going on the Road With Gabriel Iglesias and His Chihuahuas

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Mobley

Gabriel Iglesias goes on tours every year. Every time, he takes his two chihuahuas with him. He talks about his dogs and his new Nickelodeon show.

How long have you had your two chihuahuas? Did you always know you wanted to get chihuahuas? 

I’ve had Risa for 15 years and Vinnie for 8 years. Since I was a little boy, I’ve had chihuahuas. My love for them started with my first little guy, Dino.

What is your favorite activity to do with them? Has that changed in quarantine?

I love just getting them in the car and going for a nice drive. We then end up hitting a drive-thru and getting them a pup-accino. The main difference now is all the barking when they see masks at the drive-thru.

As we can tell from your Instagram, these two are avid travelers. Do they come on the road with you every time? Do you have any tips for traveling with dogs?

I take them every single time. They’ve already been to more than 35 states. My main tip is to get them used to traveling by gradually taking them from short to longer trips in the car.


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How did you come to land on the nickname “Fluffy”?

Many years ago, my mom called me Fluffy. She made it a point to tell me that I wasn’t fat, I was just fluffy.

Do you have a favorite chihuahua joke?

I have a 4-lb chihuahua that has no sense of humor, so I will respectfully pass on a joke.

Can you tell us a little more about your new show, “Unleashed,” on Nickelodeon?

The show did a great job of gathering the most impressive animal acts that you’ll ever see. We have a squirrel that can water ski. Enough said!

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