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.
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.
Members of the Colorado, Utah and Wyoming Jewish communities are invited to participate in the JNF/Radio Chavura MishPAWcha™ campaign. Owners of dogs, cats and other beloved pets can email their 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.
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.