Saying Kaddish For Your Dog

A friend of mine at shul, a baal teshuva, was asked who he was saying kaddish for. Was it his mother? No. Was it his father? No. It was for his dog.

The dog had been getting chemo the past few months. I got to find out about the dog’s oncologist.

I’d never heard of a pet getting chemo, nor of somebody saying kaddish for his pet, nor of a pet having his own oncologist. I love America!

M. writes: Oh, I am glad that people have such problems. Truly.

In the Russian culture you put your pets to sleep as soon as they get old, even if they are well.

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