Jewish National Fund/Radio Chavura
Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week
“Chilly has been the best companion a girl could ask for. He has all the same qualities that I'm looking for in a human male."
For Denver attorney, Tamara S. Pester, he was the perfect match. Loyal, sweet, easygoing, emotionally intuitive, and a fabulous dancer.
Okay, Chilly only weighs 8 pounds and doesn’t speak English, but Pester says she feels very lucky to have found and adopted her Morkii (part Maltese, part Yorkshire Terrier) from the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter in June 2013.
“Chilly has been the best companion a girl could ask for,” says Pester. “He has all the same qualities that I’m looking for in a human male.” Well almost.
Chilly, who lives in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, is the Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week, selected by The Mountain States Region of Jewish National Fund and Radio Chavura.
One pet each week is chosen for the honor as part of the MishPAWcha™ campaign, which allows Jewish pet owners to mark pet birthdays and adoption anniversaries, or just to say, “I love you” in the universal language of giving.
Pester, who made a donation to Jewish National Fund in Chilly’s honor, specializes in business law, having received her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. She is also an entrepreneur and the inventor of the popular Passover Bingo game.
Originally, Pester planned to adopt a large hound mix named Jezebel. But a neighbor reminded her that the condominium association where they live has a 35-pound pet weight restriction. So Pester downsized her search.
“When I saw Chilly, I could tell right away that he was pretty cool,” Pester recalls. “He looked at me with a steady gaze and came right up to the edge of his crate to say hello with a friendly wag of his tail. Fortunately, I was there at 9:01 a.m. the day he became available for adoption.”
Chilly is gregarious, easily making friends with neighborhood canines, eliciting treats from other dog owners, and even extending a paw of friendship to a cat or two.
“On days when we walk over to the nearby J.W. Marriott, the valets make Chilly do pirouettes for treats, which entertains them and the hotel’s guests,” Pester notes. Indeed, during a recent walk along Detroit Street, Chilly spontaneously pirouettes for treats using a triple revolution that would make Baryshnikov proud.
To participate in MishPAWcha™, email your pet photos and stories to: RadioChavura@gmail.com. Include a high-resolution digital photo and your contact details, including a phone number.
Those who pledge a minimum of $36 to JNF will be guaranteed that their pet will be recognized on the MishPAWcha™ website. Each pet will also be eligible for consideration as the Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week.
Pet photos, stories and donations may also be mailed to JNF at 6000 E. Evans Avenue, Suite 1-200, Denver, Colorado 80222. Be sure to include the word “MishPAWcha™” on your check, made payable to Jewish National Fund.
Note that the volunteers at JNF and Radio Chavura will post new photos to the MishPAWcha™ web page as expeditiously as possible, but it may take a couple weeks or longer from the time they receive your photo, story and donation until they are able to showcase your pet.
For any questions about MishPAWcha™, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Radio Chavura at 1-855-JEWISH-4 (855-539-4744). For inquires about JNF, contact the regional office at 303-573-7095.
Jewish Tradition: Jewish law provides animals the same rights as humans, including rest on Shabbos. The Torah honors our patriarchs and matriarchs who were kind to animals. Moses, tradition holds, was chosen by Hashem after the Lord observed his skill in caring for his sheep. “You shall be the shepherd of My flock, Israel,” the Holy One proclaimed.
The Jewish National Fund: Since 1901, the JNF has been a caretaker of the land and natural resources of Israel. Many Jewish pet lovers the world over combine their love of pets and their love of Eretz Yisrael by planting trees in honor or memory of their beloved MishPAWcha™ – four-legged members of the family.
Ron Werner, board president of JNF’s Mountain States region, recently donated a grove of 1,000 trees to JNF (along with his partner, Jim Hering), in remembrance of their three beloved rescue dogs, Shimshon (Sam), Zacharaya (Zach) and Lucy.
To purchase trees in honor or memory of your MishPAWcha™, phone the local JNF office at 303-573-7095, or visit JNF online at www.JNF.org.
A righteous man knows the soul of his animal – Proverbs 12:10