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I once attended a synagogue regularly where a particular congregant was infatuated with his dog. Upon the passing of the dog the congregant began to say kaddish. He was unclear of his reasons for saying kaddish but it was clear to those who knew him that he intended to say it in the honour of his dog.

Can one do such a thing in the first place, and can others answer?

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Is he saying the kaddish to sanctify God? –  Double AA Feb 25 at 23:25
@DoubleAA maybe if he is dyslexic –  josh waxman Feb 26 at 1:47

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Per Maariv quoting Chadrei Chadarim quoting Rabbi Shteinman Shlita there is no problem answering Amein if one says Kaddish on his dog.

"האם מותר לענות אחרי קדיש כזה (לכלב), אמן ואמן יהא שמיה רבא?", נשאל הגראי"ל על ידי תלמידיו, בעקבות פנייה של אדם שביקש להגיד קדיש על כלבו שנפטר - כך על פי אתר האינטרנט החרדי בחדרי חרדים.

הגראי"ל חייך והשיב: "הרי אם היה אומר קדיש בלא כל סיבה, ודאי שהיו עונים אחריו אמן, אם כן מדוע שטפשותו תגרע את המצב? מה אכפת לנו שהוא חושב על הכלב...אין בכך כלום".

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Why would you answer amen to a kaddish being said for no reason? –  YeZ Feb 26 at 4:36
@YEZ Is it being said to sanctify God? –  Double AA Feb 26 at 4:50
@DoubleAA Your implied argument makes sense, but is not implied by Rav Steinman's (apparent) words. He appears to be saying it really doesn't matter at all why you were saying it. All that matters for the answerer is that he is promoting God's name. –  WAF Feb 26 at 11:27
@DoubleAA What he said ^^^. בלא כל סיבה does not seem to indicate "to sanctify God" –  YeZ Feb 26 at 19:34
@YEZ Adderabba! Someone who isn't trying to sanctify God via saying kaddish is missing the point so badly that perhaps amen shouldn't be said. בלא כל סיבה there is referring to what prompts the person to want to sanctify God. –  Double AA Feb 26 at 19:36

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