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Jewish Dog of the Month: Smushy!

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Sarah: What is your name?

Smushy: My full legal name is Smushy Bagels Weinberg. Also known as Smush, The Smush, Smushala, SmushSmush, Smushybear, Lil’ Smush. Sometimes people think my name is Smoosh, but I’m ok with it.

Sarah: How did you get to DC?

Smushy: I moved here from Los Angeles! First my mommy moved to Maryland while I went to Dallas, our hometown, to stay with my grandparents. (They love me. Like, a lot.) Once mommy moved into the city, we went in the sky and then I saw mommy and became a DC girl!

Sarah: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Smushy: This is a toughie. In June, though, on a train to Baltimore, the little girl next to us said she’s never met a dog in her life that’s as cute as me, and bet there wasn’t any dog in the whole entire universe with a cuter face than mine. Maybe ‘cause it’s so smushy? But I thought that was really nice.

Sarah: If a genie could grant you 3 wishes, what would they be?

Smushy: Ooh, a genie! Ready? Clearly, I haven’t thought about this at all.

1) A big, giant, fenced, super-green park, just for me. (Was hoping to avoid this topic, because #firstimpressions, but I can be really shy and am nervous around other dogs.)

2) Endless cheese, cream cheese, chicken, salmon, apples…Maybe peanut butter. Strawberries. Omelettes. I’m getting hungry.

3) The third wish would be for no more hardwood floors in my world. I’m really not a fan of surface changes. It’s a thing. Sometimes I trip and fall, or will psych myself out and trip over my own paws. It may look cute, but no thanks. It’s scurry. Sometimes even tile is scary. Why can’t all floors just be carpet? Ugh.

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Smushy: This is crazy challenging, ‘cause I loove being a Jewish dog. One of my favorite toys is a stuffed dreidel I play with all year long. I love Chanukah, partly because it’s really funny (hilarious, actually) to listen to Mommy sing the blessings all by herself. Ha! I like to stare at her and tilt my head ‘til she laughs and lifts me to see the menorah. Sometimes I try to sing with her, or we’ll video-chat my grandparents to light the candles.

Rosh Hashanah is also a fave. The second I hear mommy start to cut up apples, I make a MAD DASH to the kitchen. I love, love apples. And mommy thinks my apple-crunching technique is precious perfection, so it’s a win-win.

Can we talk about PASSOVER? It’s extra fun if we go back home to Dallas for Seder. I get to sit under mommy’s chair and see my fam, plus there’s all this space to run around and play. Everyone tells me how cute I am, and sometimes they even drop their food just for me! I also have a Passover friend who lives there…Squeaky Frog. My favorite part, though, is the Passover cheesecake. Omg. Guys. If you’ve never had this cheesecake, are you even really living? I look forward to my couple bites all year long. Also, once I got to taste a matzah ball, and cinnamon apple farfel kugel.

Ok last, but not least, there’s Shabbat. However, disclaimer: Sometimes I’m alone – which I do not understand. Liike, have you seen my face? Have you met me? How could you not invite me?

Anyway, I like Shabbat when we share it. I love when mommy cooks and has friends over because she lets me sit at the table after like I’m one of the girls. Sometimes boys come over too. I’m way more open to meeting people here in DC than in LA. Maybe it’s ‘cause mommy’s friends here are so awesome.

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Smushy: Mommy gives me delicious food or when she refills my water bowl. I twirl around in circles really, really fast cause I’m so excited. Also, when I see someone I love who I haven’t seen in a while. I go crazy! I seriously get SO happy.

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Sarah: My biggest fear is….

Smushy: Oh dear. Loaded question. The obvious answer would be thunderstorms, but I’m actually quite fearful of maybe most things.

We’ll start with sounds. Loud noises, not-so-loud noises…especially buses and large trucks. Occasionally I’ll decide the sound of the washing machine is absolutely terrifying. Also, if it’s really peaceful, and someone coughs or sneezes outta nowhere? Ah!

Then, other dogs, especially if I am in a room with a barker. Doesn’t matter if it’s a German Shepherd or a 6-lb. maltese, sometimes I’ll start to tremble. What else? When I see Mommy pick up my brush…..I’ll run the other way. If we’re on a walk and a leaf blows my way, sometimes it startles me. Gotta watch out for those killer leaves.

With so many fears, my mom says I’m really special. I am who I am.

(But if you’re a dog whisperer reading this, I’d really love to meet you. Just in case there’s still hope.)

Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Smushy: Maybe my light purple dinosaur pillow? I don’t really understand the question.

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Jewish Dog of the Month: Zuli!

Want to nominate your awesome doggy (or cat!) to be featured? Email Sarah Brennan and let her know.

zuliSarah: What is your name?

Zuli: My full name is Zuli “Thumper” Jebodiah Brown. Please don’t ask questions. I was not involved.

Sarah:  Where did your name come from?

Zuli: My mom and dad (AKA: Rebecca and Alex) were going to get one of those crazy Basenjis (which date back to Ancient Egypt), so they thought of the name Zuli, short for Lapis Lazuli, the ancient Egyptian semi-precious stone. But….then I gave them my best puppy eyes at an adoption event and it was all over HEHE.

Sarah: What is your favorite way to spend a day in DC?

Zuli: Hi I’m a dog….obviously I’m gonna snooze all day #NoResponsibilities

Sarah:  What is your favorite human costume to dress up as?

Zuli: My mom has a business, and I like repping it by wearing her t-shirts. Translation: SHE likes me to rep it and I just stand there and let it happen. I’ve learned it’s best not to fight it.

dogSarah: How did you get to DC?

Zuli: A looooooong car-ride. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue found me on the side of the road in North Carolina. I mean, I was getting by just fine, but I will say it’s nice to have a bed and roof over my head now.

Sarah: What’s it like living with your owner?

Zuli: Pawesome. Mom works from home most days so I’m not really alone much. I wish it was Dad though, ‘cause I love him more. Wait, is Mom reading this?

Sarah: What is your go-to pet store?

Zuli: Lol, it’s 2018. I just Amazon Prime my entire life.

Sarah: What is your favorite food?

Zuli: Well, I eat strictly paleo so I go the extra mile for Blue Buffalo grain-free chicken recipe. But on cheat days, I eat Ruff Puffs and stick my entire face in a jar of peanut butter.

Sarah: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Zuli: That I’ve got the prettiest eyes, but I already knew that, so I’m waiting for someone to come up with something more clever.

Sarah: What is your favorite thing to do when you think no one is looking?

Zuli: Chew any wire I can find.

Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Zuli: Zeus! She’s my gal pal Frenchie that lives on the floor of my building. We’re like yin and yang… Bonnie and Clyde… salt and pepper… I shouldn’t have to list any more of these for you to understand.

Sarah: What is your biggest pet peeve that your owner does?

Zuli: When they talk to me as if I’m their 3-month old HUMAN infant.

Sarah: If a genie could grant you 3 wishes, what would they be?

Zuli:

  1. To eat as much pb as I want without gaining weight (ladies, you feel me?)
  2. To be able to speak
  3. Unlimited wishes

Sarah: What’s your favorite smell?

Zuli: Peanut butter, can’t you tell I’ve talked about it like 3 times already?

Sarah: If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why?

Zuli: Are you really going to make me say peanut butter again?

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Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Zuli: A cat. But not a house cat… think Jaguar.

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Zuli: I haven’t experienced any yet but I’m going to go ahead and say Hanukkah because latkes off the floor just seem very appetizing.

Sarah: My biggest fear is….

All water and I don’t know why

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Zulli: Dad comes home!

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Jewish Dog of the Month: Tabitha!

Due to the overwhelming response to our “Jewish Dog of the Month” feature, we are excited to announce that we will now be showcasing adorable pups EVERY OTHER WEEK! Email Allie Friedman to nominate your favorite dog (or cat!) .

This month, we say *WOOF WOOF* to Marcy Spiro‘s beloved pup, Tabitha. 

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Sarah: What is your name?

Tabitha: Tabitha, but my mom has A TON of nicknames for me. Tabby, Tabby Tabs, Taberella, etc.

Sarah: Where did your name come from?

Tabitha: The lovely people at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue named me Tabitha. When I lived in South Carolina, my name was Beverly. But, I try to forget both that name and the bad times I had while living there.

Sarah: What is your favorite food?

Tabitha: I love salty foods, just like my mama! Multigrain Tostitos and saltine crackers are my faves.

Sarah: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Tabitha: So, I think it’s actually the best compliment my dog mommy received…when her boss told her that we look alike!

Sarah: What is your favorite thing to do when you think no one is looking?

Tabitha: I may or may not have flipped over the garbage can and dragged stuff all through the house…three times.

Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Tabitha: Besides my humans? I guess, my dog uncle who I get to see whenever we drive to Rochester, New York to visit my mom’s parents. He’s a bichon poo, and we love chasing each other all around the house.

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Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Tabitha: Since my mom works for a Jewish organization, she’s not home for a lot of the holidays. But, one she is always home for is Hanukkah. I love all the Hanukkah lights, the blessings, and sufganiyot. Since my mom doesn’t like jelly donuts, she usually gets cream filled ones, and I get a little cream filling on the tip of my nose!

Sarah: My biggest fear is….

Tabitha: That my mommy leaves me and doesn’t come back. Whenever she leaves I wait by the door and sometimes whine. And when she gets home, I jump and dance, and squeak with excitement until I get some quality tummy time from her.

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Tabitha: …my mommy comes home! Lately, I’ve also started to enjoy hearing the harmonica and singing along.

Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Tabitha: Remember the original Jurassic Park movie? Well that Velociraptor and I have a lot in common if you disturb me when I’m sleeping.

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About the Author: Sarah Brennan

Sarah grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a degree in Communications in 2012. After graduating, she lived in Israel until 2016 where she got her M.A. in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and worked as an Intelligence Analyst at Cycurtiy Ltd. She moved to DC in May 2016 and works at AIPAC on their Policy & Government Affairs team. In her spare time, she enjoys 305 fitness classes, horseback riding, and traveling.

 

 

 

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Jewish Dog of the Month: Bailey

This tiny-pawed puppy is on a mission to brighten the days of every Jewish young adult across the DMV, one tail wag at a time. 

Oh, and Bailey wanted us to give a huge “MAWWZEL TOV!” to her parents on their recent engagement, and hopes to walk down the aisle at their wedding. Oh, and nbd or anything, but his parents met at a GatherDC happy hour

puppySarah: What is your name?

Bailey: Bailey, aka Bails, Bailush, Bailseybubs and many nicknames of the sort.

Sarah: What breed of dog are you?

Bailey: I’m a King Charles Cavalier.

Sarah: How did you get to DC?

Bailey: When I was only 8 weeks old, Daddy surprised Mommy with me for her birthday! He told her to get in the car for a drive. He kept driving…and driving…and driving until they ended up at my first home in Richmond! Mommy said I was the best surprise and present she ever got.

Sarah: What is your favorite food?

Bailey: Turmeric! Mom and Dad put it in my dinner every night. I dunno, I guess it’s healthy for pups or something. But it turns my nose yellow, which looks pretty silly. Besides that, mulch. Lots and lots of mulch. I just can’t ever seem to eat enough of it, no matter how much Mom and Dad try to stop me.

Sarah: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Bailey: People tell me all the time that I made their day with my cute face. Some people say they were having a bad day till they saw me, and I brightened it up for them! Even some people say, “I don’t even like dogs…but you are the cutest thing in the world”

Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Bailey: Sunny. No, Nikko. No, Lola. No, Sunny, definitely Sunny. I’m gunna be honest, and I hate to be cliche, but I really do love everyone. Human, dog, cat, bird…you name it. I just wanna play with everyone.

Sarah: What is your biggest pet peeve that your owner does?

Bailey: Ugh, they’re always sticking their hands in my mouth to get out the huge assortment of random items I find on the ground! From plastic caps to metal screws to rubber bands to mulch. It’s so annoying!

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Bailey: I haven’t gotten to experience all of the Jewish holidays yet, I’m just a baby! I’ve only been around 4 months. But, I can’t wait for Hannukah. I hear we get lots of gifts! Any excuse for more bones and toys to chew on sounds great to me! I’m also looking forward to Yom Kippur, to atone for my sins of peeing in the house on an almost daily basis, despite Mom and Dad’s best efforts of taking me out 7+ times daily.

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Bailey: I hear the sound of my dog food bag and I know a meal is coming! Or when Mom and Dad come home from work, so I can play with them all night long with my nonstop energy.

 

About the author: Sarah Brennan grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a degree in Communications in 2012. After graduating, she lived in Israel until 2016 where she got her M.A. in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and worked as an Intelligence Analyst at Cycurtiy Ltd. She moved to DC in May 2016 and works at AIPAC on their Policy & Government Affairs team. In her spare time, she enjoys 305 fitness classes, horseback riding, and traveling.

Want to nominate a dog? Email Sarah!

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Meet Sarah: Jewish Equestrian of the Week

Last week, her dog – Lilush – made headlines as GatherDC’s first-ever Jewish Dog of the Month. This week, we have the inside scoop on the woman behind the dog. And guess what, she’s awesome.

Get to this dog-loving equestrian who we are lucky to have as a part of our Jewish community here in DC.

Allie: What brought you to DC?

Sarah: I moved back in August, 2016 when I was hired to work on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I moved here after living in Tel Aviv for 3 ½ years.

Allie: What were you doing in Tel Aviv?

Sara: I went on a Masa Israel program where I interned in Tel Aviv, and then I stayed to go to grad school in government and diplomacy and conflict resolution at IDC. I was never able to study abroad because I was a competitive equestrian in college, so I thought of this as my study abroad experience.

sarah in israel with her mom

Allie: How did you get into horseback riding?

Sarah: I started when I was 10 years-old at summer camp. I fell in love with it. I love animals. Finding a hobby that combined exercise, animals, and was a challenge was the greatest thing ever. I love the feeling of bonding with your horse. Riding also teaches you so much responsibility. It shows you how to care for another animal and be responsible for their well-being. I loved all aspects of learning how to groom and properly take care of the horse and the competitiveness of showing.

Allie: What is showing?

Sarah: Showing is essentially competing against your peers to win ribbons and rankings. I did dressage and hunter/jumpers. which are different types of riding. Dressage is like dancing on horses, its being one with your horse. Hunter/jumper is going over obstacles in a course.

Allie: Do you still ride?

Sarah: When I went to Israel, there wasn’t much opportunity to ride horses. But, whenever I go back home to visit my family in Florida, I visit Jasper who is living in a stable near them. I definitely want to get involved in riding in DC. It’s just so expensive.

sarah horseback riding

Allie: Do you have any other favorite hobbies?

Sarah: I love board games, and trivia. I also love 305 Fitness dance classes.

Allie: How did you come up with the idea for your new Jewish Dog of the Month feature?

Sarah: It was a team effort with the other Open Doors Fellows. We had a meeting where we talked about what we would like to bring to the Jewish community as our capstone project, and I knew I wanted to do something with animals. One of the Fellows, Julia, said “I hate dogs, but people seem to really like them.” That got me thinking about this, and then another Fellow, Ben Cohen, suggested the idea of a Jewish Dog of the Month feature. He may have been kidding. But I said, “Yes! That’s perfect.”

Allie: What do you hope comes from this feature?

Sarah: I hope people enjoy reading more about the dogs in DC, and the owners will learn new, fun places to take their dogs. I also hope we can have fun, social events where you can come with your dog to a Nats game, a brunch, or a “yappy hour”.  I hope we can get a great community out of it, as well as a network of both dog owners and people who love dogs and want to get their puppy fix. I know a lot of people who love dogs but don’t want to get one because of the whole time commitment, so I’d love to have a training session where we go over how to own a dog in the city. Email me if you’d be interested in a doggy owner/lover meet-up!

Allie: What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog, Lilush, in DC?

Sarah: I love taking her to the park. She gets so excited. I just love having quality one-on-one time with her. After the park, there’s a dog store called Doggy Style Boutique, and she loves to stand in front of it until I get her a treat.

Allie: How has Lilush’s life changed since being named “Jewish Dog of the Month” ?

Sarah: I think she definitely has more recognition. She loves meeting people – not dogs necessarily, so it’s been a great way for her to meet new faces and make new friends. She’s excited to see what the future holds. She’s getting a little brother in July. My boyfriend and I are getting an English golden retriever on July 5th whose name is yet to be determined. Lilush is going to be 11, and she’s not as mobile as she used to be. I’ve read that the older the dogs get, if you introduce them to a puppy, it will keep them young.

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Allie: Describe your perfect DC day from start to finish?

Sarah: I love to go to the Dupont Farmers Market, and then go kayaking along the Georgetown Waterfront. Then, I’d go for Sunday happy hour on 14th Street at Ghibellina or Sette Osteria – with Lilush. Then, I’d just hang out at home and watch Law & Order: SVU or Fauda.

Allie: If you could eat at one restaurant every night, which one would it be?

Sarah: Aqua Al 2 in Capitol Hill. They have these really awesome vegetarian pasta, salad, and dessert tasting menus. Last time I was there I saw Nancy Pelosi!

Allie: What are you most excited about this summer?

Sarah: I love going to the outdoor movies. I am also really excited because I am going to Israel and Ireland for two weeks. In Ireland, I’m planning this amazing riding excursion where I’ll ride through the forest to a haunted castle.

Allie: Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…

Sarah: They’re welcome to bring their dogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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