taco bell chihuahua dies from stroke at 15 years old

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the taco bell chihuahua charmed millions without ever saying a word — and managed to make fast-food tacos adorable. gidget, the chihuahua best known for her taco bell ad campaign (and her famous overdubbed tagline, “yo quiero taco bell”), died from a stroke on tuesday night at age 15.

“she made so many people happy,” says gidget’s trainer, sue chipperton. people’s pets met both gidget and sue at a hollywood animals photo shoot in february, where the pup was a consummate pro and delighted the crew with her playful nature.

“when she’s on a set, she comes alive,” chipperton said at the time. but when the mostly retired canine actor wasn’t joining her trainer on shoots, the 15-year-old was happy to just kick back. “she goes on hikes with me and she loves the sun,” said chipperton, who added that gidget was happy to sleep “for 23 hours and 45 minutes a day. she’ll lay outside when it’s 105 degrees! i like to joke that it’s like looking after a plant.”

in addition to her gig as spokesdog for taco bell, gidget appeared in a commercial for the ’90s edition of trivial pursuit and played bruiser’s mom (moonie, the chihuahua who played bruiser in legally blonde, was her best friend and sometime roommate at chipperton’s house).

other than a few other small cameos, gidget’s working life didn’t continue much beyond her taco bell legacy. but she left quite an impression. “one time, i kid you not, she actually pushed her stand-in out of the way because he was still there when she arrived on set,” chipperton recalled with a laugh. “gidget always knew where the camera was.”

… rip sweet gidget

source: peoplepets.com/news/celebrities/exclusive-taco-bell-spokesdog-gidget-dies-at-15/1

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Comments 4

  1. Dani

    Gidget was an insperation to us all. She was the perfect dog, and so amazingly sweet. I will miss her terribly, as she was my hero. Goodby sweet Gidget!

  2. animal lover Amelia

    So many people fell in love with Gidget and just had to have a chihuahua to call their own. She made the breed popular again.

    Gidget will always be in our hearts. My sympathy to her pet parents who are left with the pain of missing her until they meet again at the Rainbow bridge.

    animal lover Amelia
    with Schatzi at YourPetsView

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