Happy New Year 狗

Happy New Year! Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog. Here at the Ranch, we celebrate dogs all year long but starting today it’ll have extra meaning. 

Even the Post Office got into celebrating which is quite remarkable considering how many dogs tend to be…ahem…less than hospitable with mail deliveries [yeah, I’m talking ’bout you, Sam!]. Look at the beautiful new stamp they created in honor of {wo}man’s best fur-iend.

We know that dogs are loyal, friendly, and kind but did you know that those born under the sign of the dog are said to have some of those same traits? Honest, easygoing, and helpful to others, uprights born under the sign of the dog are less likely to seek money and power and more likely to try to make the world a better place.

A dog’s lucky numbers are 3, 4, and 9, and unlucky numbers are 1, 6, and 7, so keep those in mind when you buy Lotto tickets. Lucky colors are red, green, and purple while blue, white, and gold are unlucky. Those born on the 1st, 6th, 7th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 28th or the 30th day of the month in the Chinese lunar calendar are said to be the luckiest. Though I’m not very well versed in Chinese horoscopes, the three links here provide a lot of info for those interested and provide the basis of material for this post.

So what’s in store for 2018?

2018 is said to be an unlucky year for people born under the sign of the dog. Thank goodness I’m glad to have been here a while. I have enough bad luck without tempting  Chinese astrology. It appears that years that share your birth sign are thought to bring bad luck and recommendations are for dogs to stay calm and try to relax. How do you get a pogo stick to relax for a whole year? Just wondering out loud.

New industrial projects or energy developments for 2018 are predicted to be successful, while endeavors based on greed and individual drive will likely be rejected. Familial relationships will be of significance this year. This could be seen as a year of hope that’s filled with the kind of dialogue that helps cultures achieve solidarity and reject indifference. We can only hope that rings true in 2018.

Got any thoughts on the Year of the Dog? Do you follow horoscopes in general? Not to sound creepy, but what’s your year/sign? For the record, I’m an Ox, something my family has suggested over the years.

On a separate note, our friend Friday is here which means the weekend is just waiting for us. Any plans for ringing in the Chinese New Year?

Live, love, bark❣

51 thoughts on “Happy New Year 狗

  1. sorryless

    I follow horoscopes the same way I believe in lottery tickets. When they’re lucky for yours truly, I am all about it!

    Thankfully, I was born in the year of the horse. Enthusiasm and energy . . yep.

    Peace and barks

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  2. LP

    Happy Chinese New Year! My husband’s culture is Chinese so we usually go to a few New Year festivities but this year we are going to enjoy the dogs and cats and have a quiet weekend! We are excited that it is the year of the dog 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo
    P.S. Our humom is a tiger and our hudad is a pig!

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  3. edgar62

    No plans for this weekend. Busy enough the last ten days to last me for the remainder of this month. Nice, quiet, peaceful weekend, me, Benji, Beach, not fussed what we decide just as long as everything is peaceful.

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  4. evilsquirrel13

    Woof woof! Wish I had known about this, as I could have tied it into SCT…

    On another note, I am a rabbit… which I already knew. But I prefer the other (Vietnamese?) zodiac which has my birth year as the Year of the Cat… just like the song.

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    1. carathediabeticwonderdog

      Actually, the original zodiac signs were a map to different places, the animal signs pointed to different lands. They are no longer valid, of course, as the signs have changed 1 position due to precessio, something many astroligists fail to mention. It just goes to show you hucksters have been around a long time.

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  5. Amy

    I’m a wooden horse. It fits, sort of. As an introvert, I’ve had to teach myself to be outgoing.

    In Chinese Taoist thought, Wood attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility, as with bamboo. It is also associated with qualities of warmth, generosity, co-operation and idealism. The Wood person will be expansive, outgoing and socially conscious. The wood element is one that seeks ways to grow and expand. Wood heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, sensuality and fecundity. Wood needs moisture to thrive.
    In Chinese medicine, wood is associated with negative feelings of anger, positive feelings of optimism, patience, and altruism.

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