Tag Archives: Hanukkah

Wordless Wednesday: The Second Night

“On the second night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me, 2 mice stuffed with cream cheese.”

Wishing everyone who celebrates a wonderful season of lights and magic.

That is Stella and Noel back before Stella lost her mind (2015) and decided she hated other cats.

I know you thought it was Mini Cooper. They look very much alike. =^..^=


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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Gefilte Fish, Anyone?

Mom likes when the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday days aren’t overlapping because she gets to buy us more toys. This year she could not resist getting us some very fun stuffies. She said we have to wait until tomorrow night (the first night of the holiday) before we can destroy them. Can you guess who gets which stuffy? We are still working on toys from holidays past, but Mom doesn’t care, she buys us new stuff anyway. Some people would say that she spoils us, but we think we are just the luckiest rescue zoo in the universe. We can smell the latke’s cooking!

Sofie wants to play dreidel (a fun Hanukkah holiday game with a special top) and stole the gelt (chocolate money – dark vegan chocolate in our house), but Mom said that is not for doggies. This picture was truly not a setup, Sofie loves to steal little things.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Dogs


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Caturday: Happy HanuKKat


I believed in Santa for many many years. There was never a religious connection for me when it came to Santa Claus. I figured Santa and his reindeer brought gifts to everyone, everywhere, this time of year. There is no tradition of giving gifts for Hanukkah (it is not the Jewish Christmas). But we would get one small gift and, of course, I thought it came from Santa.

My biggest dilemma was figuring out how he got in the house. We did not have a fireplace, though I knew we had a chimney. Being the very bright child that I was, I figured Santa came down through the exhaust fan over the stove. Made sense to me when I was 7.

Wherever your find magic in the holiday season, DogDaz Zoo, wishes you a fur filled and fabulous Caturday. My your candles burn bright (away from cat’s whiskers or tails) and your donuts be sweet.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 24, 2016 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Latkes

Hanukkah Cats 2015

Here at DogDaz Zoo we celebrate many different seasonal holidays and tonight we celebrate Hanukkah.  We enjoy the wonderful smells, tastes, and traditions of the season. I’m making potato pancakes, called Latkes, for the humans.  Onion, potatoes, and lots of oil for frying.  If you have not had them with apple sauce (or for you none Vegan’s, sour cream), you don’t know what you are missing.

Stella and Noel want to wish you a wonderful holiday season.  May the spirit of charity, kindness, and caring find its way to you and may you find peace and safety in all that you do. – Your friends at the DogDaz Zoo


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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Cats


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Black and White Sunday: Shared Traditions

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Stella and Noel are in the window with Hanukkah lights and the Christmas pickles.  We run out of places to put all the holiday treats we make.

the tree

Louise is a great helper when it comes to selecting a Christmas tree.  And yes, we have down sized so much the tree fits in the trunk.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Cats, Dogs


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The Hanukkah Conspiracy


 I walked out of my office and their was Sofie playing dreidel all by herself.  I figure that it must have been Mini Cooper who stole the gelt and the top from the Hanukkah table and threw them down to Sofie who was not exactly sure what to do with them so she brought them to me.

May your find the light in this holiday season and may it bring you closer to your dreams.



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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Dogs


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Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Day

We at DogDaz have so much to be thankful for and today is the perfect Thursday to restart our Thankful Thursday blog hop because it is American Thanksgiving Day.


1.  DogDaz is thankful for safe international travel and the ability to move around the planet, especially to get home to see her furries (and her humans).

2.  We are thankful for a wonderful pet sitter who knows how to take such good care of the doggies when Mommy is off on her work journeys  (Thank you Sonya and pack).  And to V and K8 for feeding the cats everyday at home, which Mommy usually does.

3.  We are thankful for all the wonderful and caring people in our life who feed us and love us and take us to the vet when we need it.

4.  We are thankful for our blog friends who come back post after post, even when Mommy is not able to read their blogs because she is in a world that blocks internet access, or she is under a rock somewhere trying to lift the weight of the world.

Wishing everyone a safe and festive holiday season.  And for those that celebrate Hanukkah – may your doughnuts be full of jelly and your candles be bright.



This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from


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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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12.8.12 Happy HanukkahPaws To All


Sofie & her faux family

We live in a multi-religious household, so we get to celebrate festivals all season long (goody!).  Today is the start of the Festival of Lights, called Hanukkah (you may see it spelled many different ways because it is not English).  The word Hanukkah means ‘dedication.’ The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.  The temple was defiled and the sacred fire, that was supposed to burn all the time, was out.  There was only one day of sacred oil left and people were really upset because it would take 8 days to sanctify new oil.  Miraculously, the one day oil supply lasted a full 8 days until the temple was able to be properly rededicated.  Cool huh!  (Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: the Jewish people do not glorify war.) And that is why the celebration of Hanukkah is for 8 days and people eat fried things.

There are 4 special things we do here at the zoo for this celebration:  we light candles for 8 nights (away from all the kitties because we really worry about fire and tails), we play a really fun game called Dreidel (it’s a top with Hebrew letters on it and Mommy gives us doggie and kitty treats she calls,  ‘Gelt’ when we win), we eat fried stuff (especially potato pancakes called, ‘Latke,’ which we wait all year for because she only makes them once), and ‘Hanny,’  the Hanukkah Fairy, brings special little gifts for us every night (we think this is because a lot of other animals we know get Xmas presents later this month and she does not want us to feel left out).

“Nes Gadol Haya Sham: A Great Miracle Happened There” is what we say.  And that is true in our house.  Every day we find miracles in our life.  We hope you do too.


Interested in more Hanukkah stories – check out the Hanukkah Blog Crawl.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Dogs


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