Tuesday, October 1, 2013
In January 2012 we ran an Associated Press story and local TV video about a Pomeranian dog named Nicky who turned 2, or 13 in dog years, and celebrated his "Bark Mitzvah" in Stanhope, New Jersey. This was a doggy version of a Bar Mitzvah with all the trimmings.
Predictably, it drew negative comments, including criticism of the event by a rabbi who called it degrading and the TV reporter who referred to the "wacky chutzpah" of the dog owners who organized the event. But some of our readers praised the owners for throwing a party for their beloved pet.
At the end of the celebration, the TV reporter noted that Nicky's sister Sophia was four now, and if she keeps up with her studies, they plan on continuing the new tradition. Well, fast forward to April, and that's exactly what they did.
But Sophia's Bark Mitzvah became the subject of the National Geographic show, Nat Geo Wild: Spoiled Rotten Pets, as one of the more outrageous examples of overly spoiled and pampered pets.
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