Wag Wednesday: Eli Jackson & Champ


Over the past year, we’ve interviewed many members of the hospitality industry, and one constant among the interviewees has been a profound love for their pets. We thought it would be great to share this love with our readers. That’s why we launched an ongoing feature called “Wag Wednesday” to showcase industry peeps and their pets. Know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

This week, we’re featuring Eli Jackson, Executive Chef at STK Miami Beach, and his pup, Champ.


Your Name: Eli Jackson

Your Pet’s Name: Champ

Sex: Male

Age: 5

Breed: American bulldog

How did you come to own your dog? What drew you to him?

Champ was part of a litter that my friend’s dog had. I went to visit him and ended up going home with Champ. It was spur of the moment!

How would you describe your dog’s personality?

Champ is very playful and energetic. He doesn’t realize he is not a lap dog. He gets along with his dog roommates now.

How has owning a dog made your life richer? 

It has helped me build patience. They definitely make your day brighter because they are always happy when you get home. It’s a loyal and forever friend.

Eli Jackson - Champ 2

It’s said that dogs reflect their owners and vice versa. How does this apply to you and yours?

We’re both very friendly and happy. We are both entertaining and like to have a good time.

Tell us a funny story about your and your dog.

Champ is blind. When we were at my fiancé’s mom’s house, he walked right into the pool … three times! That’s when we realized his eyesight had gotten worse. I was on deck as lifeguard.

Are you involved in any pet organizations or philanthropies?

Not yet.

We follow a lot of dog social media accounts like Doug the Pug and Menswear Dog. Do you? Which are your favorites?

@thedailydoseofjoy. It has all animals but mainly dogs.

See past editions of Wag Wednesdays here.