Post 150: Keep your dog out of the drinking fountains and Sprouted Lentil Burgers with Tumeric

I took this photo at 7:30 A.M. in Independence Park. Perhaps it is not clear, I man is leading his dog to drink fro the water fountain.


 In the photo below the man and the dog are sneaking away. As yo can see, there are no others in the park.


True, it was a hot day, but this was not acceptable. The next day, I “caught” a woman doing the same thing. me and the British lady almost got into a brawl. Me: Do you give your dog water from your tap at home?

She:(No response)

Me:This faucet is for humans, for the public.

She: No, it’s for animals too.

Me: So bring a bowl.

She: My dog and I even shower together. Me: Yes, when you wash an animal, you’ll get so wet you have to be in the shower and that’s the price you pay.

What can I say, she wouldn’t bring her dog to drink in a London Park!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Dogs and the Law in Israel

When I was in Mercaz Klita, someone tried to persuade me to take their dog as there was a problem of jealousy with their new baby. Some months later when I moved out of Mercaz Klita once again I was asked to take care of a dog on two occasions. At the time I did not know nor had anyone told me the laws of owning or caring for a dog. The truth is that according to Torah, one is not permitted to own any dangerous creature, of which some dogs are included.This post has been prepared for us by Tzvi Szajnbrum, Attorney at law

Since the subject of owning a dog in Israel is not well known to the public, I would like to provide some basic concepts about owning and maintaining a dog in Israel.
As you may already know, implementing these laws and regulations is not an easy task and in spite all the good will and efforts, many of the regulations are not well implemented.
The law and the practice:
The main problem is when a dog’s owner is sued. When sued he will be the one solely responsible to explain why he didn’t follow the rules (which are almost impossible to accomplish). The cases when the dog’s owner is not found guilty when his dog attacks another person are so rare I can’t even recall one case.
The law provides that every dog over three months old must have a valid license. License fee payment will be given after vaccination against rabies and marking the dog with a microchip under his skin.
The license is valid for one year. If a dog changes owners, it is mandatory to re-license the dog.
The law provides that the Secretary of Agriculture may demand that a dangerous dog be licensed for third party insurance against bodily injuries and property, but such an obligation is not set as a legal regulation. Municipal veterinarian doctors may refuse to give or renew a license at his discretion, for various reasons including offenses committed by the dog or the dog’s owner.
If the license was canceled, the dog’s owner must hand over the dog within 24 hours to one of those stipulated by law such as a protected facility determined by the local authority.
National Registration Center:
A National Registration Center was established by the Ministry of Agriculture, and it includes the dog’s details.
The Registration Center will have registered biting dogs and the registration of owners holding two or more biting dogs. The Municipal Veterinary doctor needs to report to the registry center dogs that have been marked by him, given or revoked licenses, and if an aggressive dog was brought to his attention.
Holding (owning) a dog:
A dog’s owner must keep the dog in his yard. The yard must be marked with a sign: “Watch out for the Dog”. The fine for ignoring this regulation is 3,000 shekels. When in a public place the dog must be held by a leash by a person who can control the dog. The maximum leash length for a “normal” dog, determined by regulations of 2005, is up to five meters. If a dog is defined as “dangerous” then the limit is two meters and they must be muzzled even at home if a child under the age of 16 years is present.
Taking possession of a dog – Detention by the authorities:
If the dog has no valid license or is being held because of non-compliance of the regulations, the municipal veterinarian doctor or inspector is allowed to catch the dog and move him to a municipal detention location. The owner can then turn to the authorities and ask to have the dog returned to him within ten days of receipt of notification of detention. According to the considerations of the municipal veterinarian doctor, he can issue a license or cancel or prescribe conditions for the dog that broke the regulations. If not contacted, the municipal veterinarian doctor may give the dog to the security forces or another organization. If this is not possible, then the doctor may order to have the dog put to sleep, with the expenses will falling on the dog’s owner.
Dangerous dogs:
Which dogs are considered dangerous?
– A dog over the age of three months who bites and has caused bodily injury or damage;
– A breed that is considered dangerous;
– A breed that the Minister, with the approval of the Knesset Finance Committee, has stated is a dangerous breed;
– A cross breed of dangerous dogs;
– If there are physical attributes and behavior of a dangerous dog.
When preparing a list of dogs declared dangerous in Israel, two characteristics of dogs were taken into account: the degree of aggressiveness and extent of damage he might cause. Eight species of dogs are considered “dangerous” by law:
1. American Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Am staff)
2. Bull Terrier
3. Duguay Argentine (Dogo Argentino)
4. Japanese peafowl (Tosa)
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Stapp English) (Staffordshire bull terrier) (Staffie)
6. Pitt Bull Terrier
7. Brazilian filet (Fila brasileiro)
8. Rottweiler
Holding a dog without a valid license and allowing the dog to go outside the yard – is liable to six months in prison. Holding a dangerous dog in violation of the regulations or gives false information on essential issues about the dog – is liable to one year in prison.
The law prohibits breeding dangerous dogs in Israel. One must spay or neuter a dangerous dog before the age of six months. If authorization is given not to spay or neuter due to life-threatening danger to the dog, the dog must be prevented from mating.
There are around a quarter of a million dogs signed up with the authorities and around five thousand of them are considered “dangerous dogs”.

Lentil Sprouts are delicious. You have to be patient . The do last a long time. Mine are in the jar below.


Sprouted Lentil Patties

Looking for a high-protein meal after your workout? Pair these Sprouted Lentil Patties with vegetables and rice or quinoa for a complete plant-based meal.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 4 cups sprouted lentils

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 1 carrot, diced

  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped fine

  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger

  • 1Tbsp fresh turmeric


  1. In a frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil and sauté onion, carrot, turmeric and ginger 5 -7 minutes or until tender.

  2. Combine onion mixture with lentils, cilantro and salt in a food processor and process until a pureed.

  3. Form mixture into a desired size and shape. Fry patties in coconut oil for 4-5 minutes a side depending on size.


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