OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney and Pancho: Attached at the Hip

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A week ago, I reported that Kenny Chesney got a dog — a goldendoodle named Pancho . And I’d been wondering how that was going. It’s going so well, it turns out, that Chesney’s mom told him over the weekend, “Y’all are so close, you guys are even starting to look alike.” Even Chesney himself admits that he and the dog — who was a Christmas present — are attached at the hip. But Chesney’s plans to take Pancho out on the road with him are not without trouble. He told Chicago radio station WUSN he always has a vaporizer on his bus, but at their last tour stop, Pancho tore into the package of steam and now the entire bus is suffering from some unplanned aromatherapy. “He tore into this bottle of vaporizing steam,” Chesney said. “He annihilated this bottle, and my whole bus smelled like this vaporizing steam. I still can’t get it out.” In other animal news, Chesney also reminisces about the time he tried to buy two monkeys for Keith Urban. “I looked all over the place,” he said. “You just can’t go buy a monkey”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.