Ah yes, a traditional Bark Mitzvah. When a pup becomes a dog! Owner Ashley Sherman couldn’t pass up throwing her pup a dog version of a traditional Bar Mitzvah to celebrate their special day.
Sherman, who was raised a Reform Jew, still values her heritage and wanted to incorporate it into her chihuahua’s birthday bonanza. Bradley, Sherman’s cute pooch, was pictured in his own kippah and tallit alongside stuffed toys to represent the Torah and a rabbi.
The 34-year-old said it was more for a bit of fun as no religious leader was involved in the ceremony.
“I was raised Jewish — I had my Bat Mitzvah, my brother had his Bar Mitzvah. I was raised in a Reform congregation so we’re a bit more relaxed about it.
“I attend synagogue on the holidays, my faith is an important thing to me.
“I had been talking about having a ‘Bark Mitzvah’ pretty much ever since I got him as a puppy. I just thought that it would be a fun, cute idea,” said Sherman.
After posting some photos online, Sherman was overwhelmed by the comments, many saying they too will throw Bark Mitzvahs in the future.
“He had his own kippah [Cap] and tallit [Prayer shawl], I was able to get them off Amazon. I guess there’s a market for ‘Bark Mitzvahs’ online.
“Judging by the comments I was getting, I have a feeling that ‘Bark Mitzvahs’ are going to be the new hot thing.
“People were loving it, they were wishing him ‘Muzzle-tov’. I saw a lot of people commenting that it was the best thing they’d ever seen on the internet.”