When I took on my new position as Local Director of Camp Unleashed, the dates for the first camp had already been set. It wasn’t until everything was already in motion and attendees had started enrolling when Annie Brody, the founder and CEO of Camp Unleashed, and I realized that the first Camp Unleashed in California was scheduled on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
Annie and I are both Jewish, and we were shocked that neither of us had noticed the conflict with the Jewish calendar. But, as Annie says, “Dog is my religion.”
My family is on the East Coast, and I live in California. Local friends keep asking, “Where are you spending Rosh Hashanah?” My reply, “This Jewish New Year, I’m unleashing my inner dog and spending it with God spelled backwards.” Sequoia Lake, just outside of Sequoia National Park, is absolutely breathtaking, even without dogs. With dogs, it really will be heaven on earth. For me personally, I’m just as likely to feel God’s presence in a gorgeous natural setting filled with dozens of dogs happily playing off-leash as I am in a synagogue. Maybe even more so.
My spiritual beliefs and practices are far from traditional these days, and I love bringing in the new year with all that brings me joy and really inspires me to live life at my highest level.
My dogs, Sanchez and Gina, other people’s well-socialized happy dogs, Dog people (the D is capitalized on purpose) who speak Dog… now that’s something to celebrate! Activities at Camp Unleashed include agility, canine freestyle, dock diving, treibball, barks & crafts, swimming in the lake, canine acupressure clinics, canine massages, lectures on the benefits of feeding raw, tricks and clicks class, great food, and even American Dog Idol. What a way to bring in the new year! So instead of Baruch, this Jewish New Year it’s BaWoof! But, no matter what species says it, L’Shanah Tovah!
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