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Is there any opinion that holds one may play or touch a pet on Shabbos (even though animals are normally muktzeh on Shabbos.) Specifically one that is meant for this purpose (to play with.) I heard recently that the Maharach Or Zaruah mentions such a thing. Is there any such opinion found?

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It's all here daat.ac.il/daat/english/halacha/jachter_1.htm –  Double AA Apr 14 '13 at 23:22
    
See especially Rabbi Shmuel David's thorough responsum cited in Rabbi Jachter's article. –  Fred Apr 16 '13 at 2:11
    
@DoubleAA post the answer and you'll get more points :) –  Yehoshua Apr 16 '13 at 19:42
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It seems From the Igros Moshe OC 5:22:21 that pets are different and are not like other animals which are muktzah see the tshuvah inside it is very short.

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I heard that that t'shuva was emended by someone other than R' Moshe, and that R' Moshe himself did not mention an exception for pets. –  Fred Apr 16 '13 at 2:06
    
I am only quoting the source,I cannot prove or disprove your post.That chelek does have the haskama of Reb Dovid,so... –  sam Apr 16 '13 at 2:26
    
I'm not saying you're wrong, just that I heard someone say that. I haven't looked at it in a long time, but isn't the part about "except for pets" in brackets or something, implying it was not in the original language of the t'shuva? –  Fred Apr 16 '13 at 2:41
    
While although one could find achronim before R' Moshe that said like this however it's difficult to accept from him without any reasoning or savarah. Thus one could remain skeptical of this psak found in this chelek. –  Yehoshua Apr 16 '13 at 8:45
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