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Chunky Monkey Club

Exclusive membership for the 'overachievers'

Welcome to the Chunky Monkey Club!

This is a fun page…… the Chunky Monkey Club… was started for EPI Dogs because so many of us started on this journey with dogs looking like they were knocking on deaths door….and we were scared….very scared that our babies just were not going to make it!  And then, once we found the balance to managing EPI they stopped losing weight…. then they started to gain weight…. and many (much to our pleasure) gained and gained…. and gained some more weight!  AND THEN…. many of us even had to put our once starving dog on a D-I-E-T!!!!!  Can you imagine?  So this “Chunky Monkey Club” was started in fun to simply celebrate !
New members: (to include your dog’s name (and picture if you’d like) please email to: and they will be uploaded here).

Founding CMC member…Olesia’a Izzy

Epi4dogs was started because of this plain, little, brown dog who was the first Spanish Water Dog world-wide to be diagnosed with EPI….EPI???? What is EPI?  I had no idea back then…..all i knew is that my little dog was sick, she only weighed 27lbs and i thought she was going to die.  After we got her on the right treatment, time flew by and my plain little brown dog got healthier and healthier…. she now hovers around 48/+ lbs and has had to go on a diet 4 times and at 7 years old is still playful and embraces life!



Nicole’s Kain is now a member of the Chunky Monkey Club also… and this membership is extra special since Kain was one of those… ahem…shall we say “slightly fussy” eaters! But here he is now, 76lbs (his goal weight was 75lbs) YEAH Kain !!! His meals have now been reduced to 3-1/2 cups of dry food a day / broken down into 2 meals, first is 2 cups, second is 1-1/2 cups.



And Susan’s “ButterBean” certainly belongs in the Chunky Monkey Club too!! Vet recently said he’d never believe it’s the same dog if he didn’t know better!

Member…Miss Lulupants

Member…Miss Lulupants

Craig’s “Miss Lulupants” is an official CHUNKY MONKEY!… Or as her Mother prefers to say, ‘a Miss Fatty-boom-stick-fluffy-pants’. Lulu has just weighed in at a buoyant 21.5kg!

After over a year of SIBO-free loveliness and weight maintenance at 19.5kg we had a little set-back in December which we couldn’t correct and needed a solid course of Tylan to wrest back into shape. So we commenced a regime of 1/4 tsp Tylan twice per day and one Metagenics B12 pill per day. After 6 weeks we tapered down to 1/4 tsp Tylan once per day for 4 weeks (which we are in the midst of, then we’ll try every other day for two week etc tapering it off). But interestingly after the SIBO started to give up the ghost in about week 4 the daily B12 really kicked in it seems and she’s stacked it on.

Lulu is as active as ever (probably more so   but the results have led us to DECREASE her food intake by 1/2 a cup per day for the moment. We thought we’d see how this goes in the spirit of ‘one change at a time’ and leave the B12 intake where it is. She might just settle on less food, more B12 = healthier Lulu. We shall see.

But for now y’all can see the difference 22 months makes for I found a picture of her two months after diagnosis (first photo below) when we were still struggling with a lack of grain free food, the residual non-effects of plant-based enzymes so prevalent in Australia and not having yet secured a stash of Tylan.

For a picture-taker I didn’t take many when she was sick but managed to find one…

Lulu now thriving…

Member… Ayasha

Member… Ayasha

Frank’s “Ayasha”… and.. well… and Frank too…

“Ayasha” was at the Vet on Monday.  She was a member of the chunky monkey club a couple of years ago.  She got up to 104 lbs and had to go on a diet.  We got her down to 94 lbs and has been doing well.  On Monday she tipped the scale at 100.7 lbs.  So Dr Drake breathed that dreaded word; DIET.  It’s not all her fault.  With some of my health issues, I have also re-gained about 20 of the 40 lbs I had lost.  With winter here we are both going to try and do a little more.  So, Ayasha, nor I, are not happy with a little less, but it needs to be done.

Ayasha’s story is a good/bad story and mine is just a bad/bad story.

Members…Dexter & Jackie

Members…Dexter & Jackie

Michele’s Dexter….the first day in his forever home


and Dexter today….. a member of the Chunky Monkey Club!

reminding me every day to take time to smell the roses … 


 … and the best thing in the whole wide world…. watching Dex &Jackie laughing and playing together !!!


As I write this – I am tearing up looking at the pics of Dex on the first day he came to us and how far he has come – he was 72 lbs and his hips and ribs could be seen and his EPI was not stable.   Today we took him for a weigh in and he is 105 lbs – 105 lbs of pure love and he is perfectly stable! 

It has been an amazing journey with him.   We took him in on April 2, 2011,  thinking we were fostering him and the first night he was with us, well…we fell in love with him.   He and Jackie bonded from the very first night (here is a video clip of how beautifully they interacted on that very first night)    He is an old soul who just wants to be at your side and make you happy – we celebrate him every day.   

God Bless each and every one of you who open your hearts and homes to these guys and give them a chance, who fight for them every day to see they are all they can be, who have truly learned the love of a dog – we are all better people for it.



After founding member Izzy comes Chunky Monkey Club member Karen’s Hondo who went from around 65 lbs to 100 lbs and was put on a diet and maintaining now around 93 lbs.

Doesn’t even look like the same dog, eh?!

(sadly HONDO passed away in 2013 due to complications other than EPI)