Sorry sir, the dog ate mykip­pah

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

LON­DON VET Joshua Rus­nak has had to re­move many for­eign ob­jects from many dif­fer­ent an­i­mals, but this week was a first: Spike, an eight-yearold Dober­man, had swal­lowed his owner’s kip­pah.

Owner Caro­line Shemie of Gold­ers Green is re­signedly used to Spike’s ways. The “gen­tle gi­ant” once ate four of her hus­band Danny’s shoes while the cou­ple were out. “He gets very wor­ried when we’re out, and he eats things when he gets wor­ried.”

This time, the Or­tho-dog set his sights on Mr Shemie’s tefillin. Mrs Shemie said: “My hus­band had only just started wear­ing his tefillin ev­ery morn­ing. He keeps them in a bag, and when we came back from Is­rael, I said ‘Danny, be care­ful, Spike will find the tefillin very tasty be­cause they’re leather!’

“I came down one morn­ing and found the tefillin bag in Spike’s bed. He’d tried to eat them but hadn’t man­aged to get through the bag. But it turned out he had eaten the kip­pah.”

Mr Rus­nak, a mem­ber of Laud­erdale Road Syn­a­gogue, ex­am­ined the Dober­man and found that Mr Shemie’s kip­pah was block­ing Spike’s small in­tes­tine — an ob­struc­tion that could have proved life-threat­en­ing.

Mrs Shemie said: “It’s def­i­nitely good to have a Jewish vet. There aren’t many Jewish vets as sweet as Josh.”

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