How The Jerky Began

in 2012 I developed a back issue, a pinched sciatic nerve, causing nerve damage so i started using cannabis as my means of medication to help with the pain, avoiding the deadly and extremely expensive pharmaceuticals that were being prescribed. A few months passed without issue or need for other medications, and I was incarcerated for holding cannabis, i lost my job, my house, and my pup, Gianni, who went to the pound. Shortly after being released, i went to the pound and got him out. We spent the following winter living in our vehicle, with my back issue, in different parts of Reno, and on the occasional couch. A friends mother invited me to stay at her sons house, and got us out of the car. Dealing with the pain, i wasn't engaged in much, or visiting friends. i started spending time making beef jerky, and sharing it with my friends, so i can go visit and still feel like i am participating in life. This was pretty much the beginning of a new hobby, as well as a way to ease my mind and be social again. Eventually we moved on from the house, after I got back surgery. We lost the vehicle due to financial issues and were left homeless. While Gianni and i were walking the streets, i felt i needed to find him something better until i was able to get us a home again.  I called Bill Chamberlin at the US Wolf Refuge to pick up Gianni so we could both have an opportunity to have a better life together. After we separated, I began working and within a few months I was able to get a home, and get us back together.

Now we are Jerky Wolf.

 US Wolf Refuge

We recently received a desperate phone call from a person totally down on his luck. He had gotten sick which led to him losing his job. This led to a downward spiral where he lost his home and his car. He wound up walking the streets of Reno with his dog. He was unable to stay with his friends because their apartment complex didn't allow pets.

Gianni is a 6 year-old in-tact male that he has had since he was 6 weeks old. He is an absolute love-bug that is as comfortable on the couch as he is chasing rabbits. He does have some slight separation anxiety though. He seems to get along with everyone but Takoda. They growl and snarl at each other, but have not been given the opportunity to take that any further.

We extended to Gianni's owner the option to get his dog back when he gets his life back together and can provide him a safe and secure home. Gianni is the only wolf at the Refuge that is in-tact and he will be neutered as soon as funds and time allow.