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 !
Brenda's "Patron" before and after shots.
The enzymes from Diane are great, Just opened up the bag this week and started on them, after finishing the other manufacturer's enzymes. Costco Kirkland Grain Free Beef Meal & Sweet Potato is working good for him. It's half the price of Taste of the Wild so it helps me out financially. No more smell.
Look how proud he looks in the 2nd photo... he is glowing! He is back to running the ranch, he is the boss again and has put all the other males in their places. He runs like Man O'War again, plays, is happy and so am I !!!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE…. HUGS BRENDA
Patron before EPI treatment
Patron after EPI treatment
A crazy string of events brought Layla and me together, but I'm happy that it all happened because we're inseparable now. After Layla was diagnosed with EPI, you could say that I saved her life, but she's brought so much joy to my family and I that I would say that life saving worked the other way around. My heart broke for her when she started losing weight, and then lost some more. I'm thrilled that she's her old, healthy self again, and she's actually chunkier than before the weight loss! She's a little chunky monkey!
Layla busy at the computer.....
Layla with best buddy, Jack
Layla with her mom, Stephanie
Geralda's "Sirius" back in June 2009
And a super-sized, super-happy "Sirius" today, February 2013
We were much luckier than many with EPI dogs—my vet was familiar with the condition and a good friend’s GSD had had EPI. Also, Olesia's article in “The Whole Dog Journal” was published only a month or so prior to his diagnosis; I used it as a bible for the first year or so. Sirius was diagnosed at 11 mos., after he had lost 7 pounds in about a month. My friend had leftover enzymes after her dog had died, which she donated to Sirius. He improved immediately with enzymes, and I then switched to Diane’s enzymes with no problem. He disliked the mushy food, so I attempted to change him over to Creon on several occasions, but he did not do well consistently. We did not initially test his B12 levels, but found them to be very low (<200) after he became more aggressive and developed tics, in early 2011. He did not maintain his B12 levels with the TAMU protocol, so switched him to the special oral B12 with the intrinsic factor, which has worked well. Since I found a grain-free food that he really likes (Fromm Salmon Tuna), he has done really well with Diane’s 8x enzymes, into his present chunky weight of 67 pounds. Perfect weight for him is about 62 pounds.
This is Katrina's "Quantum" from New Zealand.....an amazing example of EPI recovery (and Chunky Monkey status) ..... Quantum just won
Nancy's "Hope" was diagnosed on March 1st 2012 with EPI at 11.3 lbs...... Now on October 22, 2012, Hope is truly a Chunky Monkey at 16.2 lbs and doing great!
(sadly Hope passed away from another complication on March 2, 2013....
but she fought and won her battle with EPI)
This is HOPE cruising in her Harley Davidson duds .....
and HOPE relaxing !
This is Michaela and Nate's EPI gal, "Nikki"....
Nikki’s first day home after spending four days at the hospital in guarded condition with EPI & septic abdomen in Dec 2010. She had lost 10 lbs in two weeks and weighed 47 lbs.
Almost two years later she weighs 64.9 lbs (two pounds over her ideal weight). It took a while to get here between trying different foods, dealing with SIBO & B12 deficiency but we made it and owe a lot to Olesia and the wonderful members of this group. Nikki enjoys her home cooked meals and we had to cut her calories back just a little bit so she wouldn’t gain anymore weight....WOW!
"Jewels" wearing the CHUNKY MONKEY COLLAR!!!
Ashley's "Jewels" 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier diagnosed with EPI June 29 2011. Chunky Monkey Weight
18.8 lbs .... was a sad 9.2 lbs at time of the initial diagnosis!
What a difference proper treatment makes!!!!!
(sadly, Jewels passed away Nov 2012 from other complications)
.............Alan's EPI dog, "Brandy" has also joined the coveted ranks of "The Chunky Monkey Club"
This is Brandy when she was first diagnosed with EPI in March 2012 weighing only 50lbs
... and this is Brandy 6 months later, September 2012, weighing in at 73lbs
Brandy, whelped 5/16/10. Purebred Sable GSD DDR Female (Spayed). Diagnosed EPI March 2012 at <50lbs.
Went thru the SIBO routine and got it cleared up with Tylan (Tylosin) 40 day regime.
Feeding: Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Coastal Catch, 3x day - 1.5cup each. EnzymeDiane's 6x - 1/2 tsp each feeding. TRINFAC-B Intrinsic Factor - 1 cap daily. Occasionally, as a topper, I add a couple spoons of Solid Gold Canned Green Tripe or Sardines in water or Tunafish. She loves it!
This is Jed, diagnosed with EPI at age 2, weigh 66 lbs. Now 7 1/2 years old and slimmed down to a nice 100 lbs from 106 lbs. Amazing, eh?! Leslee and one very much loved "Jed"
This is our sweet Ebi. When she was diagnosed she weighed only 36 pounds at
about 9 months. Today she is up to 60 pounds!!!!! Although she still needs to
gain another 8 to 10 pounds ... and gaining weight is a struggle with her... in
our eyes, she has achieved her personal Chunky Monkey status... going from 36 to 60
.......Ebi's lovin' mom, Molly
Orion was diagnosed with EPI October of 2011 at the age of 9months. He went from 66 lbs down to 54.6. As of April 16th 2012 his current weight is 72.1 lbs. and gaining !! He is playing and having fun again. It's been a long journey and I've learned a lot thanks to all of you at the EPI4dogs website.
Patty and Orion
This is Alan's dog Sky who now weighs in at a whopping 32 kgs!!!! (70+ lbs) ... and proud to be a Chunky Monkey member!
.....another addition to the Chunky Monkey Club is.... drum roll please.....Kelli's "Addie"
Addie dropped down to a frightening 25 lbs ... but with proper treatment for EPI.... she came roaring back and is now tipping the scales at 40lb... and weighs more now than she ever has - -even before EPI !
Donna and William's "Onza" ...... now a pleasantly plump princess !!!!
... yep..... just ask her, "Onza" will gladly tell you all about her EPI journey and just how wonderful it is to be feelin' so good now!
Shirl's "Pixie" went from 11.2 lbs to 19.5. We had already cut back her food when she reached around 18 lbs, so we had to cut back even more! Now she's down to 18.7 which is pretty good for her size, not too skinny and not too chunky.
And yet another Chunky Monkey member... Alyssa's dog "Vito" who went from 58lbs to a whopping 90LBS! Wheeee!
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!
Lulu now thriving
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.
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) http://s970.photobucket.com/albums/ae189/danimi01/?action=view¤t=P4020028.mp4. 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.
... more Chunky Monkeys..................
And another Chunky Monkey Club member... Karen's" Hondo" 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?!
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!