When the animal signs were being selected, the cat and the dog were in fierce competition. Each tried to prove that they had done more to help humans. The cat argued that the dog ate too much and all he did was guard the door, while the dog argued that the cat ate all the best food and all he did was scare mice. The argument became so fierce that they turned to the Emperor for judgement.

The Emperor listened, then asked how much food the dog ate every day; the dog replied honestly that he had one bowl of food each meal. When the cat was asked the same question, he lied and claimed that he only had a small bowl of food every meal. Impressed, the Emperor ruled that the cat had greater claim but that both could take part in the competition.

When the day of the race came, the dog got up early and secured a good place. However, the cat was so scared of the dog attacking him for his lies that he hung behind and came in just after the pig. He thought he was in the first twelve, but the rat had cheated to come first, meaning that the cat had not gained a place as an animal sign. As a result, to this day cats chase rats because they cheated and, in turn, dogs chase cats because they cheated.


You have an honest and courageous nature, ready to fight for a worthy cause or to defend friends in trouble. You are sensitive to others and empathize with them, particularly if they have suffered an injustice, reacting quickly with the same feeling, as though you had been personally offended. Your friends value this trust and loyalty, and know that you can be relied upon to keep a promise or remain cool in a crisis. It is rare for you to betray a confidence or withdraw from a commitment.

When you are told a story or hear of an event you need to know all the facts, and are dissatisfied if you fell you have only been given half the story; but it is precisely this search for the truth that can make you over-critical. You feel it is your duty to point out weaknesses - no out of spite, but because you feel honesty is the best policy. There are many times, however, when your advice is welcomed and your enthusiasm appreciated. You can inspire confidence without being forceful, and you are not usually misled by appearances nor preoccupied with the superfluous.

There is a pessimistic side to your character and your spirit is drained when you hear of situations beyond your control, such as natural or human disasters. You sometimes find the world overwhelming and need to withdraw from crowd to a quiet place where you can mull over these worries. You want everything to work out in the best possible way and are anxious about the potential problems that may befall you or those around you. Try not to exhaust yourself thinking about problems that have not yet materialized. There is no doubt that have a strong sense of duty and responsibility, but at times you need to relax and realize that it is impossible for you to shoulder every burden.
DOG YEARS: Positive Elements
(1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958,
1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)


You are a good listener and encourage your partner to share their problems, but when it comes to revealing your own feelings you are more reticent, wary of burdening others with your worries.

You need reassurance and encouragement, and enjoy the company of someone who has the confident and adventurous spirit that you sometimes lack. You are faithful and tender but it is important to you that your loyalty is reciprocated. You do not enjoy the excitement of the chase or thrive on jealous scenes, and when you feel isolated you soon become anxious and reserved. It could also take a long time for you to regain your trust once you have been hurt or deceived.

You may find it easier to form a friendship first and let it slowly develop into a romance, but once committed you are loving and faithful and will not be slow to defend your partner's reputation. Do not be distressed by imaginings caused by an incidental remark or unintentional criticism when you already know that the relationship is established on firm foundations.


You can be relied upon to act responsibly, and can be trusted with sensitive information. You need to have a clear sense of the job description and its final aim but once sure of your role, you are a dedicated and steady worker. Avoid aggressive and competitive occupations, as these will only make you nervous; focus instead on work that enables you to build trusting relationships with other people.

You are a conscientious colleague, and once you have made a commitment you fulfill it to the best of your ability. Although you can be hesitant - particularly if you are faced by a sudden deadline - you work well as a member of a team, but are also an accessible leader. You like to keep the peace with your colleagues, but you are not afraid to stand up in defense of a good cause and will work tirelessly on behalf of others. You are suited to a career in education, law, social work or research. You would also be a good teacher, doctor, counselor, campaigner or member of a religious order.

selfish behaviour
deceit and dishonesty
family reunions
smart cocktail parties
superficial and ambitious people
psychological game-playing
man-made fabrics
counting pennies

occult & metaphysical things
horror movies
natural fabrics
detective novels
to remember birthdays
writing letters to friends
learning about other cultures
silver jewellery
reunions with olds friends

Famous Dogs:

Andre Agassi, Jane Asher, Brigette Bardot, Candice Bergman, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Jose Carreras, Cher, Sir Winston Churchhill, Bill Clinton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Charles Dance, Christopher Dean, Sally Fields, Judy Garland, Lenny Henry, Barry Humphries, Michael Jackson, Felicity Kendal, Maureen Lipman, Sophia Loren, Joanne Lumley, Shirley MacLaine, Patrick MacNee, Madonna, Norman Mailer, Barry Manilow, Rik Mayall, Liza Minelli, David Niven, Elvis Presley, Linda Rondstadt, Sade, Jennifer Saunders, Norman Schwarzkopf, Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Chris Tarrant, Mother Teresa, Ben Vereen, Prince William, Shelley Winters.
This will be a reasonably happy year for Dogs with no major clouds looming on the horizon. Romantically, things may not go your way but you'll soon bounce back. Learning to take the rough with the smooth will help you to master fluctuating affairs and family pressures. 
Summoning Spirit
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