Chinese Zodiac: It’s The Year of the Dog!

Shhh…don’t anyone tell our cat, Cody, but the year 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac.  When I was deciding what I was going to post, as luck would have it, one of our dear friends that is a regular reader of Cody’s blog, (Maggie Swanson) had sent me a surprise in the mail!!! When I opened the card, I knew I had been sent a truly special gift! You see, Maggie is not only deeply immersed in the world of cat rescue, (she features adorable adoptable kitties on her blog),  but she is also a superb artist and writer. I had featured her on Cody’s blog in the past.  Take a look at what she created:

Used with permission from Maggie Swanson. Click the photo to visit her website.

Isn’t that just the cutest? Now, take a look at the back, the  dog featured is Maggie’s “grand-dog” (he is her daughter’s dog), “Curtis.”

Used with permission from Maggie Swanson. “Curtis”
click the photo to visit Maggie’s website

I am just tickled with how beautiful and adorable this card is!  Sending a huge thank you to Maggie for this wonderful surprise!


The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.

The Dog is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) xū (戌), and the hours 7–9 in the evening. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.

In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It means “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺—wàng wàng).

Lucky things for Dogs (for people born in the Year of the Dog)

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Mineral: emerald
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
  • Directions of wealth: southeast
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: blue, brown
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 8To learn more about the Chinese New Year and to learn ways to celebrate the Year of the Dog click here! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

“Furever” My Girl on Valentine’s Day!

Hi all! I have been missing a certain Sheltie for quite some time now and I thought that today, Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to remind her of just how much I love her.


Those of you who have been regularly reading my blog through the years, know that I share a special love with a certain Sheltie named “Eva”. She used to blog regularly, but now, with life being so busy, she hasn’t had a chance. That hasn’t affected the love I feel for her. I just don’t get to see her as often as I would like.

The photo above was created a few years ago by  Eva’s human sister Rosie, the talented photographer behind Eva’s blog, and the human who created Phang Photos .

Mom found this old video on my blog that was also a dedication to Eva and since she has been on my mind so strongly, I wanted to share it with all of you.

Even though Eva and I are far apart and have never met in pawson, we have a love for each other that will live furever. My wish for all of you today, is that you are lucky enough to have the same! Whether it be cats, dogs, gerbils, humans, whatever, may you have some ONE or some FURRY, who will love you FUREVER AND EVER even if they are  OCEANS away!!

I am still true to you precious Eva!

I don’t ask other woofies out for any events,

My Sheltie heart belongs to YOU,

Barks and licks and love,



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