In March 2014, my family picked up our female Whippet puppy near London, Ontario, Canada, which we named Lexi. Never wasting an opportunity to explore new jerky brands, I found jerky at Bob’s Ultimate Meats at a flea market in London. Ever since then, Lexi has now sampled hundreds of jerky flavors, making our Whippet Lexi the current world leader in all dog breeds. Lexi is the official mascot of Jerky Ingredients.
Many of the early taste reviews between my cousin Paul and I started in Paul’s backyard. Paul has two male dogs. Max is a cross between a German Sheppard and a Black Labrador Retriever, while Scamp is a Beagle.
Max and Scamp are both not neutered, while Lexi is neutered. It was in Paul’s backyard that Lexi learned to fend for herself, where Max and especially Scamp are relentlessly in pursuit of Lexi.
Max and Scamp will pace around the house all day if they sense that Lexi is coming over for a visit. All three dogs adore each other, but often Scamp is the third wheel, where Scamp cannot keep up running around with Lexi and Max.
Lexi naturally is a massive fan of jerky. Just saying the word jerky lights up Lexi’s eyes. The only jerky to date that Lexi has refused to eat is some flavors of mushroom jerky. One drawback to dogs eating jerky is that they tend to drool when chewing tough jerky textures. While I have purchased a jerky gun to make ground beef jerky for Lexi, I have not got around to experimenting with pet jerky yet, but will one day.
There are some jerky flavors that are off limits for Lexi. These flavors include any hot based jerky, garlic jerky, and cheese jerky. I will also restrict jerky consumption for any jerky that receives a Bad (3/10), Very Bad (2/10) or Terrible (1/10) ingredient rating. If jerky is not healthy for human consumption, the same principals would apply for dogs.
Often Lexi will only get one or two grams of jerky per flavor, and frequently not at all now that we added Stéphane Leclerc to the taste reviews in late 2016.
In the summer of 2016, Lexi unfortunately was struck by a car. Both of her front legs were fractured, and she was lucky to survive the accident. The healing process was not fun, and as a result, Lexi now has metal plates in her front legs. Despite the setback, Lexi is still a happy and active dog. Lexi’s favorite activity remains a jerky taste review in Paul’s backyard with Paul, Mark, and Stéphane, plus of course Lexi running around with Max and Scamp.
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