According to the Chinese Zodiacal calendareveryone will be one of 12 animal ‘signs’ depending on the year they were born in. This year it happens to be the year for the people born under the sign of THE DRAGON!! BUT! I wasn’t born in a Dragon year but, in point of fact exactly half way between two dragon years and that fact made my zodiacal sign the Dog. Now of course I could claim to be a rottweiler, a spaniel, a border collie, a bulldog, a chihuahua or any one of a huge variety of breeds, but I gather that’s not really how it works, so I will just be happy to be A Dog.
The personality traits of a ‘Dog’ are that they are loyal, faithful and true. People born in a Year of the Dog make the best of friends. As such they often inspire confidence in others and are always willing to help those in need. The Dog is not showy and can even sometimes be shy at social gatherings! Their role is more likely to be a good listener and they will usually make good companions for the more demonstrative or gregarious personalities of the zodiac. A born worrier the Dog people can sometimes bark and bite at those around them, or become highly critical of others who do not share their same highly developed sense of honour and duty. Conversely Dogs can become quiet, cool and judgemental with loved ones who arouse their anger, but they will always remain devoted. Although young dogs (should we call these pups?) are apt to find fault at every passing injustice, the more mature will grow less anxious and take matters much less seriously as they age. Their basic ideal of guarding against the wrongs of society as a whole stays with them, however. It is certainly always the Dog who can be relied upon to speak up for the disenfranchised and downtrodden. Dogs do not consciuosly seek out riches but neither do they want for creature comforts. With their considerable talents and innate qualities Dogs usually excel as effective social activists, teachers, nurses or doctors.
Dogs are most compatible with Horses, Tigers and Rabbits.
A Dog’s element is Earth (as it is for this year’s animal, the Dragon.)
I don’t know what this means, if anything, but my children are a Sheep, a Rooster and a Pig. My wife (of almost 40 years) is a Tiger!!
A few famous Dogs from history are Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Benjamin Franklin, Gold Meir and Socrates.