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'Chewish' Dog Toys (What's Next?)

By Michael Kaminer

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There’s a Yiddish for Dogs manual, and — as the Forward recently reported — a rescue dog who understands Yiddish commands.

Now, in the latest development around canine Yiddishkeit, a Brooklyn company has unveiled a Semitic series of plush toys for pets, all inspired by Yiddish words.

Copa Judaica’s “Chewish” line includes Facachta The Platypus; Meeskeit the mouse; an adorable monkey named Meshugeneh; Nosh the goat; and a raccoon called Ganef.

Racier Chewish toys, like Tuchis the Donkey , Shmutz the Octopus, and Shpilkes the Ant, are also available at Jewish-novelty sites like OyToys.

So pets don’t feel left out at Sunday brunches, Copa Judaica also offers plush-toy versions of weekend-morning staples. The “buffet” for pets includes stuffed beige bagels with a white schmear of cream cheese, a stuffed fish named Lox, and “kosher” stuffed bones.

For dogs who still can’t get enough of Hebraica, the site also offers canine dreidel hats — they fit with an elastic under the snout — a “kosher” dog bowl, and a giant stuffed fountain pen called “bark mitzvah.” And for more solemn occasions, the web site JakesDogHouse offers a simple but elegant Pet Yarmulke for Your Dog and Jewish Holidays, “great for Bar Mitzvahs, Seders, Hanukkah Celebrations or just for some Friday Night Fun!”


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