Kelly Ripa’s Shih Tzu Chewie Turns “91 Human Years Young”

If you’ve got any party hats, put ’em on now. Kelly Ripa’s
Shih Tzu Chewie just
celebrated a birthday
! It seems like she’s turning “13”
again (come on, it’s rude to ask a woman’s age.) The talk show
host shared a tribute to the sweet girl on Instagram along with photos
from her years with the family. Kelly and her husband Mark
Consuelos of 20 years also have three human children: Michael,
Lola, and Joaquin.

Fans of Ripa have surely delighted at this little doggie’s
face in the past. Chewie may be in her golden years, but she’s
never looked better. Still, Ripa somehow appears not to be one of
those people who shares constant photos of her dog (how??) so the
birthday collage is a nice treat.

“Happy Birthday Chewie! 91 human years young (we think) and
still have most of your teeth! Atta girl.”

@kellyripa/Instagram

Chewie does make occasional TV appearances though. She notably
sat in on an interview with Keegan-Michael Key on Ripa’s show. I
won’t lie, she was pretty distracting.

Screenshot, @LIVEKellyandRyan/YouTube

Chewie visits the set from time to time, where she’s always
welcome. Although Ripa admitted she worries the dog has designs on
pooping on the set’s rug.

Adding Chewie To The Family

Ripa loves dogs, and each
year on her show
there’s an “adopt-a-thon” event.
Adoptable dogs come on the show in hopes they’ll get noticed. One
did, by Ripa. That’s how Chewie came into her life.

Ripa also revealed the origins of the dog’s name:

“We changed her name to Chewie because the boys thought she
looked like Chewbacca, but she was a girl so we called her
Chew-Becca.”

@LiveKellyRyan/Twitter

Describing Chewie’s temperament on her show, Ripa
explained:

“She is a city dog, and dare I say she’s also half-cat and
half-human.”

The family lives in New York City. Apparently Chewie’s a real
New York kind of gal. It might be in her breed. Shih Tzus are basically the
divas of dogdom.

@kellyripa/Instagram

Consuelos, according to Ripa, “doesn’t understand the
domestication of pets at all.” He was notably hesitant when Ripa
first brought Chewie home. Obviously they’re extremely close now.
TheAll My Children actor even posts photos of the dog from his own
account.

@kellyripa/Instagram

Obviously this dog is a very important member of the family.
Happy birthday Chewie! May you have many more 13th birthdays ahead
of you.

H/T:
People

Featured Image: Screenshot, @LIVEKellyandRyan/YouTube

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