Chelsea Handler Welcomes New Furry Friends Into Her Family

Dog-lover Chelsea Handler lost both of her beloved dogs in the last year, but she plans to remember them by adopting new furry family members in their honor.


Chelsea Handler has had a tough six months. In August, she lost one of her sweet dogs, Tammy, and then just last week, her beloved Chunk passed away. The comedian shared her heartbreak and remorse with fans and well-wishers on her social media accounts.


I lost my bear today. She was struggling and I couldn't bear to have her fight anymore. Anyone who doesn't believe a dog changes your life has never rescued one. I only had 2 years with Tammy, but she made sure I never went to bed once without hearing her little paws mount my stairwell 2 paws at a time. If my door was closed, she slept outside my room like a security guard. Dogs give you something you never knew was missing. I love you, bear. Thanks for being such a girl. I will get another dog that needs a home and it will remind me every day how much I miss you. Lub lub lub. @realtammyhandler


A post shared by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Aug 11, 2017 at 2:55pm PDT


Tammy loved her mama more than she loved prescription medication. She and her stepbrother, Chunk, were both rescued from shelters to lead full lives in lower Bel Air. Every dog needs a home.


A post shared by Tammy Handler (@realtammyhandler) on Aug 19, 2017 at 3:25pm PDT


Now, she’s sharing some good news–she’s brought two more furry family members into her home!


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Bert and Bernice are chow rescues, as were Tammy and Chunk, and they both bear a remarkable resemblance to Tammy and Chunk.


2 new babies. Bert and Bernice.


A post shared by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20am PST


Handler told fans when Tammy died that she would get another dog and give it a good home, to honor her and remind her of how much she will miss Tammy. Tammy died of renal failure in August.


Chunk was adopted at the age of nine from a kill shelter and he was Handler’s loyal companion. He was always with her, even when she worked, and had his own Twitter and Facebook accounts. His 170,000 fans were heartbroken to hear of his passing last week.


I don’t know who did my hair this day (probably me) but I know that this pic of chunk epitomizes how deeply dignified he was. We were a couple. Thank you for your outpouring of affection. This is the one upsides of social media. Deep down, we all care about each other. We just have to exercise that muscle more than any others. 💛💛


A post shared by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Jan 18, 2018 at 4:24pm PST


Handler said that she and Chunk ‘were a couple’ and she thanked fans for their love and support in the wake of his loss. Saying he loved being famous and receiving special attention, she told fans she was grateful his last years were so special and he was so loved.


This guy passed away today. Thank you to everyone who has sent so many goodies, doggy treats, toys, clothes, paintings, stuffed animals, and everything else over the years. He loved being famous and getting recognized, especially without me. So many people loved him, and i really appreciate that and so did he. My favorite memory of Chunk is when I was paddle boarding on the Hudson River in upstate NY and he was following me on the shoreline by the trees, and finally jumped in and swam a quarter of a mile to get on my paddle board with me. I cried that day at how much he loved me. And, today I’m crying because of how much I loved him. My chunky monkey. I love you, baby. Softest doggy in the world. 💛❤️💛a true gentleman.


A post shared by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Jan 18, 2018 at 1:09pm PST


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Welcome to your new family, Bert and Bernice! We know you will be most loved as well, and will carry on the legacy of love from your fur-siblings before you.

Lori Ennis
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