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Sleepy Puppy Bowl Star Chunky Monkey Stole The Show & Our Hearts


Was there a Super Bowl game this year? It’s hard to remember after seeing the adorable lineup for the 2021 Puppy Bowl. As always, the show was adorable and heartwarming, but a rescue pup stole most of the hearts. A black and white fluffball named Chunky Monkey is all the rage on Twitter. While her team didn’t win and she wasn’t the official MVP, she quickly gained as much support as any human soccer player.

Chunky Monkey’s success shows that winning isn’t everything. Sometimes you can take a nap in the field and the fans will still love you.

Image: @ Laurenloves_NYC / Twitter

Meet the Chunky Monkey!

Chunky Monkey is from Green Dogs Unleashed in Virginia, along with her siblings, who are also named for Ben & Jerry’s taste of ice cream. The rescue said that Chunky Monkey looked chunkier than the other pups, and that’s how she earned her name. This adorable pup played for Team Fluff in the 2021 Puppy Bowl.

Chunky Monkey is listed online as a 15 week old mix of Chow Chow and Irish Red and White Setter. But on the show, she was referred to as a cross between a Chow Chow, Maltese, and Shiba Inu. No matter what it is mixed with, it is adorable!

Chunky Monkey on TVImage: @ hkeller / Twitter

The fluffy pup competed in the Puppy Bowl along with four other dogs from the same rescue. A 7 month old Boston Terrier named Marshall won the MVP title, but Chunky Monkey became more popular than her friend. During and after the game, Chunky Monkey was all the rage on social media.

But Chunky Monkey didn’t steal hearts because she was a team player. Instead, she became famous thanks to her adorable face and lazy demeanor. They’re not exactly what you want in a sports game, but they seem to work well for them.

Rooting for Chunky MonkeyImage: @ shannondamore / Twitter

It’s all just fun and games

When Chunky Monkey ran out onto the field, she was full of spirit and ready to play. But shortly afterwards she curled up and took a nap in the middle of the field. It was adorable and very relatable, but her team was punished for it. A sleepy puppy is never a bad thing!

Despite the fall of their team, fans have chosen Chunky Monkey. Hundreds of posts on Twitter indicated how people loved them and would die for them. How can you resist this puppy face?

Chunky Monkey Mom TweetImage: @ mrsasekhauno / Twitter

Unfortunately, despite Chunky Monkey’s efforts, Team Fluff only lost a hair. Team Ruff made a comeback in the end, finishing 69-73. But we all know who the real winner is.

Because the Puppy Bowl was filmed in advance, Chunky Monkey was able to watch herself in action with her new mother, Cassandra Asekhauno. Asekhauno adopted Chunky Monkey before the Puppy Bowl aired and has since renamed her Ella. Right now, Ella / Chunky Monkey is still a tiny fluffball, but is expected to hit 76 pounds by the time she is fully grown.

Congratulations, Chunky Monkey! You are the real winner in our hearts.

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Robert Dunfee