Chelsea Handler Loses Chunk Handler, Her Beloved Doggy Partner

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Chelsea shares the love she had for her dog

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Less than a year after having to say goodbye to her dog Tammy, Chelsea Handler has suffered another loss with her second dog, Chunk. On Thursday, January 18th, Handler took to her Instagram, Twitter, and Chunky’s Twitter to share the devastating news that Chunk had passed on.


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Her Instagram post says, “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.”


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Fans and friends pour their love and support for Chelsea during this time. Animal Planet tweeting, “Sending our thoughts to @chelseahandler following the loss of her beloved @chunkhandler. We loved having him as a scout for last year’s Puppy Bowl. You’ll be missed, pup. ❤️❤️❤️”


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Handler rescued Chunk, a German Shepherd-Chow mix, in 2009 from a kill shelter when he was 9. He was with her everywhere she went – her dressing rooms, her talk show, and by her side when she was home.


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Chelsea even says in one of her posts that Chunky loved her more than he loved brand new tennis balls. But her favorite memory of him was, “…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.”


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

When Chelsea had to be away from him, her team would send her daily photos of Chunk so she always felt connected to him.


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

Chunk was losing his hearing and had to wear special doggy shoes so he wouldn’t slip while getting up. But Handler’s love was enough for this adorable fluffy doggy during his final years. She would regularly call him her “man”, “hubby”, and “son.”


Credit: Instagram / @chelseahandler

The world mourns with Chelsea after the loss of this beloved dog. RIP Chunky!