Florida siblings throw a bark mitzvah for their dog!

Florida - This little dog received a special surprise for his 13th birthday.

The Labradoodle is now 13 years old (montage).
The Labradoodle is now 13 years old (montage).  © TikTok/Screenshot/raeganfink

On December 2, Raegan Fink and her little brother organized a birthday party for their beloved Labradoodle – and they put a special spin on things.

The siblings are part of a Jewish family and it seemed only reasonable for them to celebrate their dog with a bar mitzvah!

The religious ceremony traditionally takes place on a boy's 13th birthday, marking his acceptance as a full member of the Jewish community. After the ceremony is complete, the birthday boy takes over responsibility from his parents for his own actions.

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Having reached the age of 13, it was time for the Fink family dog to fulfill his duties.

Raegen and her brother shared a short, funny video of the party on TikTok with the title: "my dog turned 13 today so ofc he had to celebrate his barkmitzvah."

"Bark mitzvahs" have been around for decades

Raegan also came up with a clever pun and called the event a "bark" mitzvah.

The clip shows the pooch getting his very own yarmulke. The siblings place him on a chair and lift him into the air as the Israeli folk song Hava Nagila plays in the background.

Then they hand the birthday boy a plate with two cookies – one in the shape of a dog bone, decorated with the words "Happy Birthday," and a second in the shape of the Star of David. They also present him with a small toy.

The video has more than 200,000 hits and around 61,000 likes.

Fun fact: this isn't the first "bark" mitzvah to be held. Jewish dog owners have held similar 13th birthday celebrations for their pets since at least 1958.

Cover photo: TikTok/Screenshot/raeganfink

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