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A Horoscope For Your Dog?

Here’s something fun for all of you astrology buffs!

Dogs have feelings too, and are perhaps more in tune with the natural forces than humans. So why shouldn’t the potent influence of the celestial forces have just as much impact on their furry little lives? Most of the symbols of astrology are based on animals anyway. If you need proof, just watch your dog’s behavior around the full moon. They often feel it even more than humans. Using the time-tested principles of astrology, we hope our dogscopes will bring you and your furry friend even closer together.

  • Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

This feisty firedog gives new literal meaning to the saying “crash and burn.” Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Aries dog wants to be the first dog to do everything.
The Aries dog is both macho and heroic.
The Aries dog hates to be kept waiting.
The Aries dog wants it his way and right away.
The Aries dog has a lot of chutzpah.
The Aries dog jumps in face first.

  • Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your Taurus teddy bear likes to move in the slow lane, is a good listener and will never let you down. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

Taurus lives for the good life.
Taurus is the supreme listener and will never get tired of listening to the same stories over and over again.
Taurus is the guru of patience.
Taurus knows that good food comes to those who wait.
Taurus will never let you down.
Taurus is the consummate couch potato.
Taurus cannot be bullied into changing his position on things.
Taurus loves steady routine.
Taurus knows there is nothing worth rushing for.
Taurus needs a slow tempo and a large dog bowl.

  • Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)

The Gemini pup is the Paris Hilton of the dog world — the ultimate trendsetter, wants to be in the know and is eternally youthful. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Gemini dog wants to run around town with you.
The Gemini dog needs to be in the know.
The Gemini dog wants you to be their twin.
The Gemini dog loves newspapers, magazines, and TV.
The Gemini dog is eternally youthful.
The Gemini dog likes to play games with you and trick you.
The Gemini dog is the ultimate trendsetter of the zoo-diac.

  • Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22)

There’s no place like home for this sensitive pup and being “mommied” is what this cuddle bug needs most. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

Cancer dogs need to be cuddled.
Cancer dogs need to be mommied.
Cancer doggies say “home is where the heart is.”
Cancers dogs need home-cooked food.
Cancer dogs need you to remember their birthday and your anniversary.
Cancer dogs have memories like an elephant-they never forget.
Cancer dogs are extremely sensitive to harsh words-so speak sweetly and softly.
Cancer dogs don’t always like other dogs unless they’re equally as sensitive.

  • Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

If anyone should be dripping with diamonds, it’s your super-glam furry Goddess. Leo dogs live for the limelight and a 5-star lifestyle. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Leo dog needs an audience.
The Leo dog lives for the limelight.
The Leo dog loves affection, attention, praise and a big fan club.
The Leo dog needs to live a 5-star lifestyle like the royalty she is.
The Leo dog needs to be adored.
The Leo dog needs to rule your world.

  • Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

A clean environment and a simple life is all that the Virgo dog needs to stay happy. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Virgo dog needs a clean dog dish.
The Virgo dog wants the vitamin supplements.
The Virgo dog loves a minimalist environment to keep his mind uncluttered.
The Virgo dog wants a simple life.
The Virgo dog loves order and routine.
The Virgo dog likes things pristine.
The Virgo dog worries when things get chaotic.

  • Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

This partner-oriented pooch is the most optimistic of all the signs — everything is beautiful, peaceful and balanced. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Libra dog loves to have an equal partner to do everything with.
The Libra dog has an innate sense of fair play.
The Libra dog loves all things beautiful.
The Libra dog needs the scales to be perfectly balanced.
The Libra dog needs social events with beautiful pooches and people.
The Libra dog needs peace at any price. The Libra dog is all sweetness and light.
The Libra dog needs attention.
The Libra dog needs to please others.
The Libra dog needs charm.

  • Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

This dog is intense! Scorpio pups like high intensity, loyalty and can see right through your every motive. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Scorpio dog demands loyalty.
The Scorpio dog is all or nothing.
The Scorpio dog sees right through your every motive.
The Scorpio dog wants all the dirt.
The Scorpio dog needs you to go to hell and back to prove your love.
The Scorpio dog needs lots of reassurance that you’re eternally devoted.
The Scorpio dog needs the intensity level turned up.

  • Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Fun-loving, goofy, clumsy and adventurous are just a few of the terms used to describe this free-spirit! Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Sagittarius dog needs the open air convertible rides.
The Sagittarius dog needs constant excitement and greener pastures.
The Sagittarius dog needs to bark it like it is.
The Sagittarius dog needs positivity and joy.
The Sagittarius dog needs the carnival and the parades.
The Sagittarius dog needs rainbows to chase and dreams to dream.
The Sagittarius dog needs to travel long distances.
The Sagittarius dog needs freedom.
The Sagittarius dog loves to explore, know and understand.

  • Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

What some consider to be the corporate fat cat of the canine world, this dog needs your respect, to be in control, to feel accomplished and plenty of money in the bank. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Capricorn dog needs to feel very accomplished.
The Capricorn dog needs to feel in control.
The Capricorn dog needs a sense of status.
The Capricorn dog needs a fat bank account.
The Capricorn dog needs security and simplicity.
The Capricorn dog needs to feel like the head honcho.
The Capricorn dog needs respect.

  • Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

This dog will definitely shake up your life with an eccentric, erratic and high-strung personality. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Aquarius dog needs to shake up the status quo.
The Aquarius dog wants a wild troupe of doggie and people friends.
The Aquarius dog needs dreams and goals to chase.
The Aquarius dog likes to experiment and come up with new crazy inventions.
The Aquarius dog likes to shock your socks off.
The Aquarius dog wants freedom at all cost.
The Aquarius dog loves surprises.

  • Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The dreamer of the zodiacs, this pooch often lives in fantasy land, thriving on chaos and living in a very imaginative world. Here’s a Personality Snapshot:

The Pisces dog loves to escape reality.
The Pisces dog could sleep for 3 days straight.
The Pisces dog lives in their own fairy tale world.
The Pisces dog thrives in chaos.
The Pisces dog is here to give unconditional love and compassion.
The Pisces dog is a psychic sponge and will absorb all the energy in the home.
The Pisces dog takes on all of your mannerisms.
The Pisces dog empathizes with everyone.
The Pisces dog wants to merge with everyone and everything. All is one.

* Note: Is your dog’s birthday a mystery? If you adopted your dog or just aren’t sure which sign to use, try the month your beloved first woofed her way into your life.

Cabin Fever

Not all dogs get out and enjoy winter weather like this guy! So, we thought it might be good to post the following article about cabin fever:

Going inside – and staying there – provides physical protection from the elements, but also opens the door to a mental hazard: boredom. A bored dog can wreak considerable havoc on his household in the form of excessive barking, hyperactivity, and destructiveness. Worse still, if the dog’s efforts to relieve his boredom prompt him to partake of poisonous plants or other toxic substances, he’ll need immediate veterinary attention, and you are likely to face a significant bill.

To prevent such occurrences, be sure to dog-proof your home; in other words, put any toxic, hazardous, or other forbidden items beyond your dog’s reach. Then, find ways to provide your dog with plenty of indoor physical and mental exercise. Here are some activities that you and your dog can do together indoors to help the two of you stay sane:

  • Fetch:

A rousing game of fetch – particularly if it requires your dog to go up and down some stairs a few times – can give him a good physical work out.

  • Tug-of-war:

As long as you are not having aggression problems with your dog, a good tug session can siphon off considerable excess canine energy. Rules of the game: The person needs to start the game, the person needs to end the game, and most of the time the person needs to win the game.

  • Hide the toy:

To give your dog a mental workout, try hiding a toy or treat and then directing him to find it. Hold the item for him to see, then place him in another room so he can’t see where you hide the object. Once you’ve hidden the toy, allow him to come out and look for it. When teaching this game, put the toy or treat in plain sight, gradually increase the difficulty until your dog understands how to look for it.

Source: The Family Dog

Superstitions About Dogs

We’ve all heard that a black cat crossing your path brings bad luck, but have you ever heard the following?

  • A dog eating grass means rain is coming.
  • Meeting a dog is good luck (especially if it’s a Dalmatian).
  • A greyhound with a white spot on its forehead brngs good fortune.
  • Being followed by a strange dog is bad luck (especially if the dog is black).
  • The spectral black dog (barguest) is a harbinger of death.
  • A dog howling for no reason means unseen spirits are lurking about.
  • A dog howling three times? A death has occurred.
  • At one time a dog that had bitten someone was immediately destroyed to protect the person from rabies (even if the dog was healthy).

Photo by Jane W

Four Good Reasons To Train Your Dog

Maybe your dog doesn’t need training. Maybe you just think he doesn’t. Here’s a questionnaire that will help you decide. For the purpose of the questionnaire, we’ll pretend your dog is a boy, and his name is Buddy.

Scenario #1.

You have taken your dog with you on a camping trip. Your dog sees a skunk  and thinks he has a new friend. You holler “No! Buddy come!” What happens?

  1. Several baths and one grooming appointment later, you can finally pet Buddy without holding your nose.
  2. You spend the rest of the weekend playing “chase me while I run away”. (Thank goodness the skunk had the same idea.)
  3. Luckily, Buddy was on a long leash, unfortunately he saw the skunk and has been barking uncontrollably ever since.
  4. For one long moment you hold your breath, and then all those obedience classes pay off as Buddy comes trotting back for praise and pets.

Scenario #2.

It has been sleeting for hours, the wind is blowing and it is a truly dreadful afternoon. You know that Buddy needs to do his business. You bundle up and head outside with him. What happens?

  1. One whiff of all that freezing drizzle and Buddy is down in the family room taking care of business really quickly before anyone can make him go outside.
  2. One whiff of all that wonderful ice and snow, and Buddy is zooming down the street having lots of big fun. You decide not to play the “catch the runaway dog game” and go back inside to wait for him to come to his senses.
  3. Luckily, you have had the foresight to put a leash on him, unluckily, Buddy is very very excited. He decides that he is now an Alaskan sled dog. He does not wait for the command “Mush!” and you spend the Holiday Season in a body cast.
  4. You cross your fingers, get a good grip on the railing and say, “Heel”. Buddy walks quietly at your side and then takes care of business. When you get back inside, you sit down with a cup of hot cocoa, while Buddy chews contentedly on the bone you got him for Christmas.

Scenario #3.

Your Great Aunt Thelma pays you a surprise visit, and you haven’t seen her in years. Of course you love her very much. You are also hoping she will leave you a little something in her will. You tell Buddy to “Sit and Stay” while you open the door. What happens?

  1.  Buddy charges the door and knocks her down. You spend the next three weeks visiting Great Aunt Thelma in the hospital.
  2. Taking advantage of the excitement, Buddy makes a quick get-away out the door. You spend the remainder of her visit running all over the neighborhood looking for Buddy, and making repeated calls to the dog pound in hopes that if you can get there soon enough, the fines for a run-away dog won’t be too high.
  3. Luckily your Great Aunt loves dogs and doesn’t mind dog hair, dog kisses, or even a dog in her lap. Unfortunately Buddy decides he doesn’t like your Aunt Thelma and spends the rest of her visit barking and growling at her every time she moves.
  4. Both you and your Great Aunt are pleased to see how well Buddy responds to your commands, and you have an enjoyable visit. Four years later she dies and leaves you ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Scenario #4.

You and your family sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. There is a nice turkey and it smells really good. Just then an alien spaceship lands in the neighbor’s yard. You all run outside to see it. Buddy runs out ahead of everyone. You holler “Stay!” What happens?

  1. Buddy runs up to the spaceship, and before you can move, a long green arm has scooped him up. You never see Buddy again.
  2. Sensing that this is no ordinary thing, Buddy backs up onto the porch and begins to bark uncontrollably. No one can hear anything the aliens are saying. Soon the spaceship zooms away and you spend the rest of your life wondering what they were saying.
  3. Luckily, Buddy hears from your tone of voice that you mean business. Unfortunately, he then goes inside and jumps onto the table and eats your Thanksgiving dinner.
  4. When he hears the command Buddy stops and waits to see what you will do. You communicate with the aliens and save the world from oblivion. A statue is erected in your honor. You insist that it be in the likeness of your dog Buddy.

Obedience is strongly recommended if:

  1. Your dog is out of control and making you crazy.
  2. You really do have a Great Aunt Thelma.
  3. You love your dog very much and hope one day to have a statue erected in his honor.

Written by: Shirley Janner

Note:

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