Barking in 2018 as the Year Of The Dog

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What Does Year of the Dog Really Mean?

The Chinese Zodiac is known for having 12 signs that are based on the annual lunar calendar. All the signs of the Chinese Zodiac are animals and 2018 is the best one–the Year of The Dog! More specifically, as the years are all based on one of five elements (gold, wood, water, fire and earth) it’s the Earth Dog Year.

Earth Dog Years are special. They only come around once every 60 years, and the last one was from February 18, 1958 to February 7, 1959. The Chinese Zodiac is based on the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian calendar, so the dates are not from January 1 to December 31 like a traditional Western Calendar. This also means the Year of the Dog officially will begin on February 16, 2018 and run through February 4, 2019. It also means the next Earth Dog Year will be 2078.

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What Will People Born In This Year Be Like?

Well, as dogs are the most loyal, friendly and kind creatures there are, it’s only logical that people born in this year are said to have the same traits. People born in this year are not concerned about things like power and money, but more intent, like dogs, to make the world better for all. People born in the Year of the Dog can be known to be stubborn and critical, though, but like dogs, if they have nice and quiet lives with people they love, they’ll be able to have that happy-go-lucky attitude we love so much. According to the Zodiac, the various traits of a Dog person will be based on the lunar month of the year they were born, and can vary, just like dog breeds.

Some Famous Earth Dog People

There are some pretty famous and talented Earth Dog People in this world! Some include Madonna and Michael Jackson and Prince. Other famous celebs who are also Year of the Dog people, though not Earth Dog people, are Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley and Donald Trump.

Year of the Dog Colors and Numbers and Partners

People born in the Year of the Dog have some special numbers. Their lucky ones are three, four and nine, and their unlucky numbers are one, six and seven. When it comes to special times and dates, the most likely to be successful are born between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., as are those born between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. People lucky enough to be born on the 1st, 6th, 7th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 28th or 30th of the month, are thought to be the luckiest.

They also have colors that they gravitate to–red, green and purple. Blue, white and gold are not considered to be lucky colors for Year of the Dog people, and they should stay away from clothing or furniture in those hues.

When it comes to romance, people born in the Year of the Dog are thought to be compatible with people who are born in the Years of Rabbits. That said, they should stay away from ‘mating’ with people who were born in the year of the Dragon, Goat or Rooster.

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Predictions for 2018

So, while the Year of the Dog is obviously fantabulous…the predictions for 2018 Dog People are not so great. According to Chinese astrologers, bad luck is predicted for those who are in years that are also their birth sign. Because of the not-so-great predictions, astrologers and Zodiac enthusiasts suggest that for those who are Year of the Dog People, it’s best to just lay low and stay as calm as possible so this year will be as gentle as it can.

Additionally, though, it’s a good year for people to work on industrial projects and energy developments, but this is not the best year for uber individual ambition, as it most likely will not be successful. For families, relationships will be important to work on and cultivate.

Those looking to make changes in their lifestyles (smoking, veganism, exercise routines, etc.) will most likely be successful, but…it may not be without some adversity or sadness in the process. Still, it’s projected that the Year of the Dog will be one of hope and tolerance.

But it’s not all bad news, because PetGuide will be celebrating the Year of the Dog all year long, with tons of contests, giveaways, swag, and pop-up parties! We’ll keep you updated as to what your YOTD headquarters as coming soon.


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