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Dogs on a Street in Jerusalem: A Hebrew Fable

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If you are a dog-loving Israeli like me, you will know that all dogs are identified not just by their breed but of course, by their gender.

There are four different genders of the same breed living in a luxurious home on a main street in the center of Jerusalem, none of them closed in kennels but three of the four should be.

A male dog is called a “stud”. A female dog is called a “bitch”. The younger dog is called a “puppy” and the older dog is called a dangerous “mad” dog.

Israelis know them by their proper pooch names.

The “stud” is called in classical German Tzilassohn. The “bitch” is called Chavastochter. The “puppy”, gentle and loving, is called Avshtillhund and the dangerous “mad” dog is called Yawildhund .He is the one who needs to be muzzled to prevent him from biting, his nails clipped to prevent him from causing bleeding scratches, and paws tied to prevent him from pawing at keyboards to send out messages of hatred.

As a dog lover, first to a pedigreed German Shepherd, followed by a pedigreed Doberman Pinscher, and more recently in the past eight years,........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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