It's a Dog's Pesach
Jerry Seinfeld has a bit where he notes that the dominant life form on Earth would appear to be not humans, but dogs. As he puts it, "Say aliens are watching us from space, and they see two species walking together. One is in front, the other is walking behind and carrying the first one's poop in a bag. Which one would they assume is in charge?"
I thought of another good example which happens to relate to our plans for this weekend. We're going away for Shabbos to a bar mitzvah held in a local hotel, so we made arrangements to "farm out" the kids and Sandy. The kids are each staying at a friend's house, gratis of course, whereas we had to pay for the privilege of boarding Sandy at a kennel for the weekend. So does that mean dogs are more "valuable" than children?
On a somewhat related note, I commented today on Miriam's blog that when I was a kid, I used to wonder whether items that are marked "Kosher for Passover" are automatically "regular" kosher as well? I.e., is Kosher L'Pesach a special subset of Kosher, or does it just mean the item is free of chumetz, but could otherwise be completely traife? My parents assured me that the former was the case. But now there are actually lists of exactly such unkosher, yet passover-kosher items, namely pet foods!
One's animals of course do not need to eat kosher per se; in fact, the Torah specifically states [Exod 22:30] that traife meat is to be "cast to the dogs". However on Pesach, even animals owned by Jews can't be given actual chumetz, since chumetz on Pesach is not only forbidden to consume but also to derive benefit from, including feeding it to one's pets. So based on the list linked above, we just bought Sandy a bunch of cans of Mighty Dog Chicken, Eggs and Bacon, especially for Pesach! There you go - kosher l'pesach traife!
So it will be a dog's life this Pesach at our house - lucky dog!