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This Canine Is Strictly
Kosher For Passover
r-- Th BY TEDD SCHNEIDER
\ Staff Writer
If, in your weekend travels, you
happen to cross paths with
Sheena, you may notice a certain
) mystical aura. Don't be quick to
it off as another example of
-- ithat "High-Pro Glow" for this
member of the Ken-L-Ration gen-
eration. More than likely, it's
Sheena's Pesach pride shining
While many people treat their
pets as family, the three-year-old
Rottweiler may have been the
only Detroit-area dog treated as
Jewish family this week — dining
on canine cuisine labeled "Kosher
Sheena's altered diet was ar-
ranged by her owner with the help
of Royal Oak veterinarian Dr.
L ) Howard Schwartz and Rabbi
( Kenneth L. Cohen, the associate
rabbi at Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
The reason for the change, accord-
), ing to the rabbi and the Southfield
woman who owns the dog, was to
1) ensure that her home would be rid
( of all chometz for the holiday.
"Anything (that isn't Kosher
for Passover) construed as edible
by humans, including dog food,
V must be removed from the house-
hold," Rabbi Cohen said. "In fact,
the definition of food for purposes
of kashrut is roi le'achalat kelev —
suitable for a dog to eat."
When Sheena's owner exam-
ined the dog's every-day food, she
found that it contained rice and
other grains not suitable on
Pesach. It was then that she put in
the call to Dr. Schwartz. The
Royal Oak vet contacted Rabbi
Cohen, who supplied a list of off-
limits ingredients and the search
for a Pesachdik dog food began.
Sheena, her owner and her vet-
erinarian eventually settled on a
prescription dog food which met
the Passover requirements. The
prescription food is usually re-
served for dogs who develop aller-
gies to store-bought varieties, Dr.
, Schwartz explained.
Rabbi Cohen didn't seem to feel
that Sheena's owner was "overdo-
ing it" in her Passover prepara-
', tions. Rather, the Shaarey Zedek
associate rabbi said she was play-
ing it by the book — in this case
the Old Testament. He cited the
porticin of the Torah which de-
scribes the Israelites' prepara-
tions for Passover.
"Seven days there shall be no
leaven found in your houses; for
whosoever eateth that which is
leavened, even that soul shall be
cut off from the congregation of
Israel, whether he be a stranger,
or born in the land. Ye shall eat
nothing leavened; in all your
habitations shall ye eat un-
leavened bread." (Exodus,
Meanwhile, Sheena's owner,
who inherited the dog from her
daughter and son-in-law recently
when the couple moved to Israel,
doesn't think her situation is all
that unusual. "I'm not unique. I'm
sure other people have cooked
Kosher for Passover meals for
their pets." And Sheena enjoys
Pesackdik meals just as much as
her regular food, the Southfield
Besides, since the Rottweiller is
a black, shorthaired breed which
originated in Germany, Sheena's
holiday diet may just be the con-
tinuation of an ancient family
tradition. Who's to say that some
of Sheena's European ancestors
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