Bear the Mitzvah Dog was worried. Here he’d been practicing the Four Questions for weeks (he is the youngest in the family if you don’t do any multiplication by seven, if you know what I mean), and now it looked like he may not even be at the seder!
Bear was looking over my husband’s shoulder as he opened an email message from Pet Camp in San Francisco (“Where Pets Do What Pets Love”) about “Passover and Easter at Pet Camp.” Bear tried not to be too be obtrusive as he craned his neck to scan the text appearing on the screen:
“…But anyway, Passover starts Monday night at Pet Camp. We thought about having a Seder but we knew the dogs wouldn’t follow the order and having four bowls of wine (Mark wanted to serve Slivovitz too) is a bad idea. So we settled on just hiding the Affikomen. Hopefully those beagles won’t win again.
And, no, we are not going to try and get the campers to dye eggs again this year. Last year was a fiasco – we knew we wanted to paint the building; but we didn’t want it to look like a Jackson Pollock when we finished.
This year we’re going to keep it simple and have a special bizzy bone treat to honor both holidays. From March 29 to April 11 we will be offering our egg & potato special (Mark has been testing the mix out at home with some hash browns and hot sauce).”
“Oh my God!” he thought to himself. “They’re shipping me off to camp and not letting me celebrate Pesach with them! What kind of way is this to treat me after I’ve been the one teaching them mitzvot all along? Forget the bizzy bone – I want some matzah!”
My husband sensed someone was glancing over his shoulder and turned around to see Bear looking very distressed. My husband looked at Bear, then the computer screen, and then back again at Bear and realized what our dog was thinking. So, he reassured Bear that he would not be sent to camp and that his learning the Four Questions had not been for naught.
Bear will most definitely have a seat at – or more likely, under – the seder table come Monday night.
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