Gabriel Iglesias had a $100k quinceanera for his chihuahua, ‘I’ve never had a kid’

I am not that familiar with comedian Gabriel Iglesias other than seeing maybe half of one of his comedy specials. His humor is just middling to me, but he’s very successful, he had a sitcom on Netflix that ran for three seasons, and he’s rich as hell. He’s so rich he just threw a six figure quinceanera for one of his dogs, his first girl dog, a chihuahua named Risa. Iglesias explained to Today that while Risa is either 16 or 17 he wanted to celebrate her and go all out. He doesn’t have kids so he figured he may as well honor her. The celebration had 300 guest, about 12 other dogs and featured three custom made gowns for Risa. Gabriel aka Fluffy, wheeled Risa out to guests in a lit up baby carriage! Food included bacon-wrapped hot dogs, corn on the cob and a puppuccino station. Entertainment included a build-a-bear type station, a violinist, DJ and band. Best party ever.

When Gabriel Iglesias saw a video of a guy throwing his dog a quinceañera, his first thought was, “No way he loves his dog more than I love my dog. Challenge accepted.”

And that’s when he decided to throw a lavish and over-the-top party for his 4-pound pup, Risa. The comedian recently shared video of the Nov. 12 celebration he threw for his “princess” on his social media — and it truly was a sight to see.

“I’ve had dogs since I was a kid and Risa was the only girl dog I’ve ever had,” Iglesias tells on Dec. 8. “Since I’ve had her, from day one, she’s always been in my hoodie. She’s always been in my jacket. We’re very close.”

“So I said, ‘Alright, I’m gonna do this once. I’ve never had a daughter, I’ve never had a kid of my own, so I’m gonna go full blown on this one,’” he says. “And I did.”

Iglesias opted for a quinceañera-style celebration for his beloved dog. He also has an 11-year-old male chihuahua named Vinnie. And while a quince is typically thrown for a young woman when she turns 15, much like Sweet 16, Risa is “between 16 and 17” years old.

The “Mr. Iglesias” star had over 300 guests, with people encouraged to bring their small dogs to the celebration. He believes there were about 12 other dogs in attendance…

“I went full blown and people say, ‘Oh, you wasted money,’ but it’s like, no,” Iglesias says. “I’m celebrating something that means the world to me.”

[From Today via People]

When I read this story on People’s website my first question was whether guests could bring their dogs and it seems like the answer was “yes,” as long as they played well with the other little dogs. I have no problem with someone throwing a big party for their dog! Yes it’s a waste of money but so are parties in general. Weddings regularly cost this much and they have a 50% failure rate while dogs are 100% loyal. What better reason to throw a party than to celebrate a sweet loyal companion? My only complaint is that there aren’t more photos and videos. I would attend a dog party over a wedding any day. I’ve been going to the dog park with my six-month-old puppy and I love meeting the other dog owners. They love talking about their dogs and I have met so many great people through my dog. Dogs bring us so much joy and unconditional love. I might not have thought much about Fluffy before but he just went up in my book.

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  1. Danbury says:

    I love this so much

  2. girl_ninja says:

    This is soooooo extra, but super sweet and heartwarming.

  3. MrsBanjo says:

    Adorable. Makes me think of “bark-mitzvahs.” I’ve never heard of one of those costing that much, though it’s probably happened, as I wouldn’t put it past rich people to do such a thing.

  4. JanetDR says:

    Money spent in your community is a good thing!

  5. HeyKay says:

    Wow. I can’t see that amount of $$ for that.
    It’s his $$. But have some fun and donate a goodly amount to charity or animal shelter instead.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      My thoughts exactly. I have a chihuahua myself (who I adore) who was a rescue, and my first go-to “luxury” expenditure is to donate to the organization that rescued her. They do good work, and they find “forever homes” for so many dogs.
      There are so many pets-and people-in need right now.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah, as someone who is obsessed with their pets and they are my children, I can’t see spending THAT kind of money on a dog’s party. I think it’s a really fun idea and it’s great he wanted to celebrate but that was too much, IMO.
      His money to spend as he chooses of course, but I think one could have a party at a more reasonable cost AND donate some money to shelters/rescues.

  6. OriginalLaLa says:

    Two of my cats are turning 16 in the spring and I can’t lie, I’ve been considering throwing them a sweet 16 party – they have brought so much joy and happiness into our home, I just want to celebrate them while they are still with us.

  7. Sumodo1 says:

    My boy Chucky, is worth his weight (15 lbs) in platinum. I’m retired and have a doctor’s letter to bring him everywhere—he’s my emotional support dog. Through Amazon Smile, with every purchase I make, a donation goes to the rescue organization Potomac Valley Pekingese Club. I love Chucky. This is how I show my love for him and for dogs.

  8. tealily says:

    This angel deserved it. I hope it was the best day of her life!

  9. Case says:

    Obviously that’s an excessive amount of money and I hope he’s charitable with good causes. But as someone who adores her cats and doesn’t want kids, I’d love if we normalized people celebrating their pets more. Just because some people don’t or can’t have human children doesn’t mean they’re not busy loving and caring for little ones in their life — they’re just furry! 🙂

  10. DenverD says:

    Huge parts of his comedy are about raising a step kiddo…?!

    • Malificent says:

      Yeah — I’m confused — Fluffy does tons of bits on his son. Maybe it’s a stepson? Either way, he refers to the kid as his son and is close enough to him to put him all over his stand-up routines.

      Maybe he just meant that he never had a female kid and worded it awkwardly?

    • PixiePaperdoll says:

      His wife came with a son but there isn’t an equivalent party for boys.

    • MoonTheLoon says:

      He’s broken up with Frankie’s mum and Frankie straight up asked Fluffy to stop talking about him. This was explained in his Stadium Fluffy special. I’m not sure if ties have been cut between Frankie and Fluffy since. He said they were still in touch at that time, which was this past May.

  11. Traveller says:

    Adorable pups! I adore my dogs and would honor them any day of the year in my own way.
    Sounds like he gave everyone a sweet excuse to come together and have a great time. No different than any other expensive party for any other life event – to bring people together for some joy.

  12. Aviva2 says:

    If you’ve got the money to burn, this is a fantastic way to do it. I want to throw my pup a party.

  13. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I can’t help but love this! 😂😂😂 I know my Mexican family loves any reason to party tho.

  14. Roo says:

    Ugh. This makes me sad. He had a son – Frankie, the child of his girlfriend and then wife – and he talked a lot in his early specials about how that child was his son. In his most recent special, he talked about how he messed up (cheating, I guess?) and was getting divorced and his son Frankie was not really talking to him because he was supporting his mom.

    I guess Gabriel is now saying he and Frankie don’t have any relationship. He didn’t limit his comment to “I have no daughter,” but instead clearly said I’ve never had a child. I’m so bummed for his family that fell apart.

    • The Recluse says:

      That is sad.

    • MoonTheLoon says:

      I attended the filming of Stadium Fluffy. It was definitely cheating. The bit was edited to be more vague for the final Netflix product. But he admitted to cheating. Made me lose a little respect for him.