February 16th 2018 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the zodiac and you are a ‘Dog’ if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.
Those born under the sign of the Dog are honest, friendly and trustworthy. They are protective, generous in their love and have a strong sense of justice. They are also intuitive, a good judge of character and are able to figure out human nature almost instantly. As much as Dogs are diplomatic they are equally fast with razor-sharp barbs when slighted. They are homebodies who care deeply for their families above else. On the negative side, Dogs can be overly judgmental and self-righteous. Nothing is good enough for them. Their eternal quest for the right way at times can end in all-consuming depression or disappointment. Dogs find it hard to compromise.
There are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Dog||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Dog||1934, 1994||Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, patient|
|Fire Dog||1946, 2006||Intelligent, hardworking, sincere|
|Earth Dog||1958, 2018||Communicative, serious, responsible in work|
|Gold Dog||1910, 1970||Conservative, desirable, cautious, always ready to help others|
|Water Dog||1922, 1982||Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well versed in dealing with financial issues|
There will not be another Year of the Dog until 2030. So what does the Year of the Dog hold in store for you and your dog if you are born under this sign?
This year is going to be a good year in all respects. It will be an exhausting but happy, and at times frustrating, year. You will feel rested, yet tired, cheerful, yet dull! Sounds like a year of contradictions!
This year you should plan ahead for you and your dog and avoid postponing events you want to do. Refreshed and regenerated, the Dog will accelerate the initiation of many things, but at the same time, there may be pressure and stress in everyday life.
According to Chinese astrology, 2018 is a very good year financially, but Dogs may experience some health issues. Actually, in the Year of the Dog, all zodiac signs will want to pay special attention to their health. The year 2018 is the ideal time to start eating healthy, doing sports and getting rid of bad habits. (Isn’t anytime a good time to do that?)
Strangely enough, Donald Trump who is the only US president not to have a dog for a pet, was born in the Year of the Dog. Other famous Dogs are: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Prince, Mother Teresa, Sophia Loren, Madonna, Alec Baldwin, Dolly Parton, Andie MacDowell, Andrea Bocelli, Angela Bassett, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Cheech Marin, Christiane Amanpour, David Niven, Diane Keaton, Ethan Hawke, George Gershwin, Herbert Hoover, José Carreras, George W. Bush, Judi Dench, Linda Ronstadt, Liza Minelli, Lorenzo Lamas, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah, Reggie Martinez Jackson, Sharon Stone, Shirley MacLaine, Socrates, Susan Sarandon, and Tommy Lee Jones. Quite an impressive list!
Is your dog a Dog?
See if these characteristics of Dogs fit yours! Overall, Dogs enjoy good health for they are happy almost all of the time. Dogs love doing sports and are resilient to illness, such as colds, coughs, and fever. Dogs tend to not get enough rest, engage in heavy work and are social butterflies. Since Dogs are not crazy about money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in life.
Due to their loyal personality, Dogs tend to choose a career serving others. Dogs work heart and soul at their tasks. They are easy-going and kind, and always ready to lighten the workload of others. Dogs are often seen as valuable team members who may also become strong leaders. Do these characteristics fit your dog?
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- Carrie and Cliff