Take a look at your dog horoscope, do you see any similarities with your dog?
Aries (March 21 – April 20): Leader of the Pack
Aries is the first Sign of the Zodiac. The Aries Dog will live by the motto “Me First” and there will be no “please” about it. Life to this canine is an exciting, all-consuming challenge. This is a quick-tempered dog and, in extreme case, downright selfish. Given his or her position in the Zodiac, however, it is only natural that the Aries Dog would want to be the leader of the pack. Physically, the Aries Dog is an active, energetic and urgent type of canine with an almost endless capacity for exercise who demands (and needs) long walks several times a day. This dog will enjoy a variety of activities, such as agility classes or playing frisbee. On a visit to the countryside, he or she will soon be picking up a scent or acting as a trailblazer. The Aries Dog is prone to accidents since, by nature, this canine is reckless and daring. Headaches are often a problem for this dog, as is sunstroke during the Summer months. A home with plenty of space is vital to this canine, who hates to be restricted in any way. Any owner cooped-up in the average house with an Aries Dog all day will soon become utterly exhausted. A small cottage is also no suitable home for this canine and individuals who live in an apartment should give the Aries Dog a very wide berth. It is foolish to think that this dog can be contained with fences or gates. Much like Harry Houdini (who was also born under the sign of Aries), this canine is sure to find a way to escape being anxious to make his or her mark upon the world.
The Aries Dog will never be a “yes-dog,” not even after months of training. The battle for independence begins the moment this little pup arrives in the home. It is futile for an owner to attempt to assert superiority over the Aries Dog…he or she will stop at nothing to undermine an owner’s position. The end relationship between the Aries Dog and his or her human will largely be one of compromise…usually on the part of the owner…but can be most enjoyable once the owner is “trained.” In short, the Aries Dog is basically a warm-hearted creature who will prove to be amusing, if time-consuming and he or she is incapable of sulking or holding a grudge for long. Most canines who fall under the jurisdiction of Aries are completely intolerant of other dogs, constantly getting into scraps and trying to dominate each and every other pet (and person) within the household. The type of Aries Dog that appears to thrive best under the influence of this constellation are Gun Dogs, Whippets, Lurchers and those of the hunting variety.
Leo natives and Sagittarius native ten to get along best with the Aries Dog…whether it is as an owner or a companion pet. The stable elements found in both Leo and Sagittarius act as a balance to the erratic side of this canine. Some of the energetic and self-expressive qualities are also shared between all three of these Zodiac Signs, thus leading to a type of mutual understanding.
Taurus (April 21 – May 20): The Strong And Silent Type
The Taurus Dog is a plodding dog…strong, silent and determined. This canine may be led, but never driven. However, if allowed to move at a slow pace, the Taurus Dog has no problem in doing what is asked of him or her. Being close to the owner is heaven to this canine and in order to ensure comfort and security when the family is away from home, it is necessary to leave something with the Taurus Dog which contains his or her owner’s scent. A lethargic and sometimes lazy soul, this canine would much rather sleep than run around. He or she truly appreciates a comfortable bed, complete with super-soft blankets. In short, the Taurus Dog loves to be pampered. This canine is not particularly big on exercise and should not be expected to run over the hill and through the woods…indeed, he or she will probably not even want to run around the yard. Nevertheless, this canine is fond of the outdoors and a drive around the countryside in the car with the window down (rather than a walk through the same area) will be thoroughly enjoyed by the Taurus Dog. This can be a persistent and stubborn soul and, if possessed with the power of human speech, would probably argue more often than not. Still, the Taurus Dog is a loyal and faithful creature, relatively easy to train and highly unlikely to ever run away from home. The Taurus Dog thoroughly appreciates the finer things of life and can be possessive of what he or she considers to be items of personal value. Everything this dog surveys is considered to be a personal possession…from his or her feeding bowl to visitors in the home. It would be best not to allow this canine to actually see any guests depart since the Taurus Dog perceives new people as personal possessions and may put up quite a fuss before letting them go.
This is one canine who loves to eat and is often aggressive around food. It is not unusual for the Taurus Dog to dig holes and lay away a goodly supply of kibble for a rainy day. Physically very strong when young, this dog is prone to get fat with age. In fact, it is somewhat rare to find an older Taurus Dog who is not overweight. For the sake of his or her health, it is sometimes necessary to put this canine on a diet in order to avoid obesity. In that event, however, the owner must be prepared for the Taurus Dog to sit in front of the refrigerator and mournfully stare. Second, only to this canine’s love of food is love of music. The Taurus Dog will happily sit for hours listening to the classic composers, such as Beethoven, and may even howl along to the orchestration. Obedient, mild-mannered, affectionate and a fervent kisser, this canine can be a relentless protector and fighter. If he or she senses the owner is in danger, this dog will abruptly turn into an unusually quick mover. Much the same attitude is adopted if this canine believes his or her personal possessions are being threatened in any way…or if he or she is subjected to taunts. Once comfortably situated, the Taurus Dog will probably refuse to move until he or she is good and ready…this canine may even lay claim to that particular spot for the rest of his or her life and it would not be unusual for an owner to find the Taurus Dog right where he or she left the animal several hours before.
The Taurus Dog is compatible with owners born under most Signs of the Zodiac…with the possible exception of Sagittarius since Sagittarius natives are gone from the home far too often to make for a happy and well-adjusted dog who craves human companionship. This canine will be a tolerant and gentle pet…one which is kind in nature and adores children. Thus, the Taurus Dog would be a marvellous companion for such little ones.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): The Yapper
The Gemini Dog will be restless, versatile, exuberant…and many other things as well…all at the same time. He or she is easily able to communicate feelings (whatever such feelings might be) and will soon have any owner well-trained. This split-personality dog is, in essence, an eternal puppy, quickly bored and requiring constant attention. Physically, the Gemini Dog is likely to be slightly underweight due to the fact that he or she goes everywhere “at the double.” An alert and graceful creature, the nervous energy of the Gemini Dog enables this canine to keep going all day, should the need arise…and even when there is no need. However, the minute the Gemini Dog is asked to undertake anything boring or mundane, he or she will be overcome by nervous exhaustion and collapse into a shivering, twitching, hyperventilating wreck. A puppy governed by Gemini is sure to bring chaos into any home. To this little soul, everything will be new…the house, the people, the garden…and the happy pup will be more than content to explore, anxious to learn everything about his or her new surroundings and those with whom he or she is going to be living. The length of this “Indian Summer” will depend upon every variable possibly imagined…the number of rooms, number of people and size of the garden, to name but a few. In short, a Gemini Dog oozes charm and it is not long before he or she will have the entire family (and most of the neighbourhood) wrapped around his or her dew-claw.
The Gemini Dog is difficult to train, firmly believing that he or she knows what is best. However, if the impatience of a Gemini Dog can be overcome, then an owner will soon be able to teach this canine an entire battery of tricks…anything from “playing dead” to somersaulting through flaming hoops, for this is a dog who loves to “show off.” With fleet-footed Mercury as his or her Ruling Planet, the Gemini Dog is one of the Zodiac’s fastest runners and, not surprisingly, any Greyhound born under the influence of this sign is likely to enjoy much success at the race track. It is important to note that the only time an owner will be absolutely sure of the whereabouts of the Gemini Dog is when he or she is attached by a leash. The remainder of the time, it will be anyone’s guess. Much like the “Elephant’s Child,” who always wanted to know more, this canine will be inquisitive and enquiring. The Gemini Dog thrives in new environments and will love it if the owner houses he or she with a friend for a few days. This is, however, a dog which tends not to be overly-faithful and, given the opportunity, may run away forever.
It takes the strength of personality found in a Leo native to help the Gemini Dog become more decisive, and a natural sympathy between the two usually ensures compatibility. Aquarius owners, being broad-minded enough to allow things to follow their natural course, will also find the Gemini Dog to be a suitable pet.
Cancer (June 21 – July 20): The Home-Lover
The Cancer Dog is a contrary dog who has close links to the sea and the tides. Thus, this canine is likely to jump into the water at every given opportunity. The Cancer Dog is something of an “up and down” type of creature with a strong determination to “stay put.” Indeed this dog is probably the most patient and tenacious of the entire Zodiac. Superficially a timid and retiring type of canine, content to be left unnoticed, this dog will, in fact, be quite the opposite. Moodier and more sensitive than most, he or she is prone to deep extremes of emotion. Joy, despair, terror, boldness (and more) will shift beneath this dog’s rather crusty exterior. It is important that the Cancer Dog feel he or she is needed. Consequently, this dog requires constant patting and reassurance and any owner is likely to be saying, “Good boy” or “Good girl” until the throat is sore. Physcially, the Cancer Dog is bony…any bulk will invariably be around the shoulder area. The legs will be long in comparison to the body and this canine’s movement will have a vague, sideways motion. The Cancer Dog is prone to psychosomatic problems whenever life becomes too overwhelming and any misunderstanding is liable to cause a total breakdown…emotional in reason and physical in appearance. Nonetheless, this dog falls under the jurisdiction of an excellent sign for breeding purposes…the dam will accept her responsibilities and not expect an owner to take over after a couple of days. However, there will certainly be trouble when it is time to remove the puppies since this canine mother will put up a fight to keep them with her at least one more night…and then another…and yet another. The Cancer Dog can settle almost anywhere. Taken to a new home, he or she will immediately view it as the place in which life will be lived out. Possessing a true nesting instinct, this canine will establish his or her corner and then set about filling it with treasures which will be enjoyed and protected. If those treasures happen to belong to another then that is unfortunate, for the Cancer Dog will literally hang on to anything that he or she feels is a personal belonging. In the eyes of this canine, possession is nine-tenths of the law.
About once a month, the pull of the Moon will fill the Cancer Dog with a feeling of restlessness, urging him or her to spend the night in the garden, where he or she will howl until daybreak. However, that having been said, the Cancer Dog basically makes for a delightful and lovely pet, being loyal and faithful no matter how he or she might be treated by an owner. No separation, regardless of length, will make this canine forget the person with whom he or she has bonded. Like all born teachers, the Cancer Dog knows it is first necessary to learn and basic training will be a pleasure to this canine. The Cancer Dog usually possesses the capability to go further into specialized or obedience training, but once this canine is old enough to make his or her own decisions, then stock will be taken of what has been taught and there will be a prompt rejection of anything that does not appeal.
Individuals born under the signs of Pisces and Scorpio usually make the best owners for the Cancer Dog. Pisces is receptive and impressionable, thus well-suited to put up with the whims and fluctuating moods of this canine. However, since the Cancer Dog is basically loving and giving, this dog will go out of his or her way to understand any human…with one exception. The Cancer Dog should never belong to a Sagittarius owner. This particular combination of fire and water can never happily mix. Particularly good with children, the Cancer Dog often believes himself or herself to be one of them and fully expects to be treated as such.
Leo (July 21 – August 20): The Boss-Dog
The Leo Dog is the monarch dog. In short, a domineering canine…if given half the chance. This dog sees himself or herself as a cut above all lesser species and will expect to be treated accordingly. However, this is not so bad as it might sound, for the Leo Dog has a knack of persuading people to treat him or her correctly without those individuals ever realizing they have been manipulated. Regal of bearing, erect of stance and commanding of presence, the Leo Dog will always be the perfect specimen, no matter what the breed might be. Confident, fearless and proud, with a well-proportioned body, slender legs and graceful gait, this canine is utterly charismatic and makes for the ideal showdog. The Leo Dog possesses a strong constitution with a mind to match but, if anything does go awry, then it will most likely be connected with the spine. An owner should take great care to avoid any strain on this area of the Leo Dog’s body. To this canine, his or her home is a personal palace in which to “hold court,” probably issuing invites to each and every neighbourhood dog who can be found. Here, the Leo Dog will entertain his or her guests until it is time for the “walk-about,” when they will all trail out…with Leo in the lead, of course. Most Leo Dogs make for affectionate and cheerful companions, although they can at times be pompous and dogmatic.
Social interaction with humans is sometimes difficult for the Leo Dog. This canine will need to be put firmly in his or her place when just a puppy, or there will be the expectation that an owner will fetch and carry for this dog for the rest of his or her life. If this can be accomplished, then the Leo Dog will be a charming and rewarding dog, much easier to live with than might be expected. This is largely due to one exceptional and redeeming quality…the Leo Dog has a deep-set faith in humanity. Dogs which have been praised honoured for bravery…or those pampered by royalty…are, more often than not, governed by the Sign of Leo. This canine rarely knows what it means to be afraid and makes for an excellent police dog, relentlessly pursuing criminals, entering blazing buildings without a second thought and tenaciously sniffing-out bombs. The Leo Dog, however, cannot bear to be ignored. The vanity of this canine knows no limit and he or she adores being the center of attraction. Fiercely loyal, this canine would rather die while protecting an owner than allow that owner to come to any harm. The Leo Dog makes for an exceptional guard dog but has one strange eccentricity…he or she is often deathly afraid of cats.
Owners born under the signs of Aries and Sagittarius tend to get on best with the Leo Dog, although all relationships in which this canine becomes involved will have a tendency to become heated on occasion.
Virgo (August 21 – September 20): The Helper
The Virgo Dog is a genuine domestic creature, more resigned than any other Sign of the Zodiac to play the role of a pet. In fact, he or she will feel totally comfortable in this position and accept it without a single murmur. This canine will be in his or her element as a friend and companion living with humans and will strive to be the perfect pet. The Virgo Dog considers being told what to do as a pleasure…it also saves him or her the trouble of having to think up something. There will be no unpleasant surprises for an owner who returns home to the Virgo Dog since this canine is the cleanest and most hygenic of the Zodiac. Physically, the Virgo Dog is strong and muscular but requires a lot of exercise when in good health. Unfortunately, this canine is also the hypochondriac of the dog world…a single flea, for example, and he or she will be convinced the pesky parasites are covering the entire body from head to toe…or a simple stomach upset, and the Virgo Dog will be certain that he or she has salmonella poisoning. The Virgo puppy will be easy to handle in the beginning, but as he or she gets older, trouble is bound to start. This canine is determined that his or her life be filled with beauty and nothing but the best will suffice…the most comfortable chair, the most delicious of food, the most luxurious of surroundings. The Virgo Dog will never be found sleeping on a hard floor and is sensitive to discomfort in much the same way as the fairytale Princess was to the irritating pea. The Virgo Dog tends to spend a great deal of time in the garden, communing with nature as he or she weeds, digs and generally makes a mess.
The Virgo Dog is never happier than when he or she is doing something for the owner. This canine will take over some of the many chores which pile up during the day…bringing in the laundry, counting the socks, clearing the table, for example. However, this truly helpful dog does not always get it right. As a creature of routine and habit, this canine will expect to be fed and walked at the same time every day. Generally, sheep dogs and working dogs governed by Virgo thrive very nicely, working from dusk until dawn and content in the productive nature of his or her employment. Since Virgo traditionally rules small animals, however, even toy dogs such as chihuahuas tend to flourish under this sign. All Virgo Dogs are loyal and expect the same steadfastness from any owner. It should be noted, however, that this dog does not take kindly to small children. Being trodden on and grabbed does not suit the Virgo Dog one bit. Nevertheless, he or she will be receptive to cats…a creature this canine appears to adore regardless of shape or colour. Indeed, the owner of a Virgo Dog would be well-advised to bring a feline into the home.
Natives of Taurus and Capricorn tend to make the best owners for the Virgo Dog, sharing some of the earthy elements and even the penchant for cats. Basically, however, owners born under any Zodiac Sign will enjoy the company of this canine…with the possible exception of Scorpio subjects who tend to perceive the Virgo Dog as a tedious flatterer.
Libra (September 21 – October 20): The Shop-Steward
The Libra Dog has one purpose and one purpose only…to improve a lot of the working or owned dog. This canine expects to start at the bottom but, within a year or two, will have ascended to a senior position in the household with quite a lot of “say” in things. The Libra Dog will stand for less obedience, more food and a shorter working week. If an owner should ask this canine to do anything during the evening hours, then double biscuits are in order or there will be no response. The Libra Dog is also a firm believer in the “closed shop” concept. In other words, one house…one dog. Basically a well-balanced creature, the Libra Dog is not overly-emotional and remains totally impartial when argument ensue. This canine will be amiable and appreciative of the good things life has to offer but, above all, believes in “share and share alike.” In other words, what is right for the human in the home is right for the dog in the home and vice versa. Therefore, if the Libra Dog is obliged to sleep in a basket on the floor, then the owner is expected to do the same. Physically, the Libra Dog always appears to be well-nourished…and this canine will make sure he or she stays that way. However, as this dog grows older, there will be a tendency to bulge and spread. Whenever a Libra Dog is out of sorts, with a dry nose and no enthusiasm for anything, the best cure will be twenty-four hours of starvation. The dog will not appreciate it…and an owner may be forced to follow the same non-consummables course…but recovery is often instantaneous when the next calorie-counted meal is delivered. Every ounce saved while the Libra Dog is still a pup will mean an inch or so less in middle age. This is a fact that the Libra Dog would, of course, very much appreciate…if only such could be explained to him or her. The male Libra Dog will spend a lot of time in involvements with the opposite sex, but always in the most delicate and discreet fashion…unless, of course, his owner happens to be a blatant sex maniac. Usually, other dog owners consider the Libra Dog a pleasant and well-controlled animal who is never connected with any misfortunes that may beset their own pets. The female Libra Dog may not be so easy. She will be so afraid of offending any male that shows an interest in her that she will not know how to say “No.” This misguided consideration means that if an owner has no desire to breed a Libra bitch, then she should be spayed…and quickly.
The Libra Dog will refuse to be banished to an outside kennel, unless the owner is also willing to take up residence within. Thus, this canine will only be truly happy with an owner who is prepared to put himself or herself out for the sake of the dog. The Libra Dog will never stand for being treated like a dog while his or her owner is permitted to live like a person. This canine is remarkably persuasive…some might say even manipulative. He or she can also be ridiculously stubborn…for example, if the Libra Dog does not want to go for “walkies,” then he or she will refuse to budge. Since the Libra Dog models his or her life on that of the owner, if things go wrong then the owner only has himself or herself to blame. In the eyes of this canine, if people do not go outside in the rain to relieve themselves, then the Libra Dog should not have to do so…if people eat chicken and roast potatoes, then why should the Libra Dog have nothing but a dull bowl of dry kibble? If the owner entertains a lot, with people coming and going all the time, then the Libra Dog expects the same privilege…except in such an instance, it will be other dogs coming in to add to the fun. If an owner really cannot handle that and wants to continue to keep this canine as a happy pet, then the only answer will be to cut out the human visitors. Nonetheless, the Libra Dog is possessed of a gentle manner and a great desire to please, usually remaining a loving soul as long as the love is returned. A large degree of affection is important to the Libra Dog and he or she will go to great lengths to display such feelings in the hope that the owner will reciprocate. This canine is not prone to being argumentative and, if tried sorely, will invariably become too frightened of upsetting an owner to show what he or she really feels. However, this does not mean that the Libra Dog will be blind to an owner’s bad points…he or she is simply tactful and very adept at glossing over such shortcomings for fear of losing security.
A Leo native is probably most suited to surviving the demanding standards of the Libra Dog. These two signs react well and bring out the best in each other rather than the worst. Owners born under the signs of Gemini and Aquarius also get on well with this canine under normal circumstances, but an Aries owner is a huge mistake. The strong character of an Aries subject will sap the limited confidence of the Libra Dog, reducing him or her to something of an “apology for a dog” rather than a dog in his or her own right. The Libra Dog also enjoys the company of other dogs, provided there is no obligation to share space with such animal in the home.
Scorpio (October 21 – November 20): The Paragon
There is a great strength of character hidden beneath the silky coat of the Scorpio Dog. On the outside, it will be necessary to watch out for the tail, which is capable of expressing much more feeling that that of any other canine. The Scorpio Dog will be a formidable dog to live up to since this canine considers himself or herself to be the perfect dog. The life of the Scorpio Dog has but one purpose…self-mastery, which will occupy this canine as long as he or she lives. Sadly, few if any manage to achieve such perfection, often leaving the Scorpio Dog with a personality which is as difficult for the dog to understand as it is for his or her owner. The Scorpio Dog will either be a best friend or a worst enemy. This canine can love or hate with an equally passionate intensity and, if this dog is wronged in any way, then he or she will never forget. On the other hand, this canine will also never forget when he or she is treated well. Scorpio traditionally governs secrets and this may be why Scorpio Dogs tend to make the most proficient trackers, being able to sniff-out even the most subtle of scents. Thus, this sign is an ideal one for bloodhounds, cocker spaniels, or any dog who needs an acute sense of smell. The sexual prowess of the male Scorpio Dog also makes him an excellent breeder. Physically, the Scorpio Dog is thick-set with handsome features but is not one to reveal feelings through body language. Inscrutable is a word that probably best describes this canine. If the Scorpio Dog is being scolded for some gross misdemeanour, then he or she will calmly sit there as though being told a bedtime story. Moreover, in the midst of a “rant and rave” for any reason, this canine will most probably simply fall asleep. Both genders of this canine will possess a deep interest in mating. Unfortunately, neutering or spaying does not seem to help much…particularly in the female. Some owners claim that the best answer is to allow her to have at least one litter (assuming, of course, that a mate can be found whom the Scorpio bitch is prepared to allow come anywhere near her). The trouble here is that this can cause phantom pregnancies which are almost more difficult to cope with than the real thing.
It will be important for any owner of a Scorpio Dog to remember that, as the human, he or she will always be bigger than this canine. Even when the Scorpio Dog attempts to tower over an owner by leaping upon the table, the human should remind himself or herself of that fact. Thus, an owner should be able to keep on top of things and, by so doing, will discover that the Scorpio Dog is basically an affectionate canine…beneath his or her prickly exterior. The Scorpio Dog has a tendency to overweight in middle age, so any owner would be well-advised to take great care over the diet while this canine is still a puppy. Later, maintenance levels of food should be given, otherwise, the naturally heavy build will look wonderful for a few years and then, almost overnight, become gross and distinctly unattractive. On the whole, the Scorpio Dog will be a healthy specimen with tremendous powers of physical endurance. Thus, he or she is not one to spend long at the vet’s office or run up large veterinarian bills. Where there is Scorpio Dog, then there should always be a dog-run house. This house will belong totally to the Scorpio Dog and an owner will be expected to maintain it according to this canine’s exacting specifications. The Scorpio Dog demands (and gets) a full eight hours of undisturbed sleep every night and those hours of rest will be spent in the warmest and most comfortable place…even if that just happens to be the chair where his or her owner wanted to watch the late night movie. Nearly all Scorpio Dogs are psychic to some extent and, despite this canine’s ability to remain inscrutable in times of stress, he or she will make it only too clear when something is being “seen” or “heard.” This behaviour is far from ideal to an owner who possesses a nervous temperament or who lives alone. However, most of the invisible beings noted by the Scorpio Dog will be harmless…it will only be when he or she hides under the bed, too frightened to emerge, that the time will have arrived to call in the police.
Socially, Scorpio and Scorpio make for the best combination. The same urge for power is shared, but each will understand where the other is coming from. However, a house with one Scorpio…let alone two…could never be described as a haven of peace and harmony (neither would want it that way in any event since life would be far too dull). The Scorpio Dog revels in personality clashes and tension…it provides proof that he or she is growing in strength and improving along the way. The only other native who will truly stand much of a chance as the owner of a Scorpio Dog would be Cancer. No human governed by any other sign is advised to take the risk…it simply would not be worth it.
Sagittarius (November 21 – December 20): The Problem-Dog
The Sagittarius Dog is a complex character with a basic problem which belongs to this dog alone: to which of the two forces at work within does he or she truly belong…the canine or the equine? Most of the time, the Sagittarius Dog will not know whether to wag his or her tail or use it to keep the flies from an owner’s face. This will be a restless dog…versatile, easily bored and totally unfathomable. This canine flits from one interest to another, unable to decide what he or she actually likes. The Sagittarius Dog experiences continual internal conflict with divided loyalties and a split personality. Nonetheless, this is a vital creature with a well-balanced body designed for taking energetic exercise. The eyes will be bright and shining, and the nose will be wet and healthy. The feet and ankles of this canine are fine and delicate. Healthier than most other dogs of the Zodiac, the Sagittarius Dog will only come to harm if unable to contain his or her enthusiasm and goes ballistic. It will be aches, sprains, bruises and torn tendons which will keep an owner of this dog going back and forth to the vet’s office. Usually controlled, muscular and sturdy, large dogs born under this sign generally fare well…German Shepherds, Labradors and Old English Sheepdogs…as do long-limbed dogs such as the Borzoi or Afghan Hound. An exceptionally brave and lucky canine, the Sagittarius Dog can be a very trustworthy and reliable creature, particularly suited in that event for working with the blind. These dogs are full of character and can easily learn amusing tricks. The Sagittarius Dog (who often believes himself or herself to actually be a horse) will be determined to get to the bottom of everything…the bed, the garbage can or the flower-bed, for instance. This trait often makes the Sagittarius Dog a most unsuitable pet for the house-proud owner, particularly if there is limited access to the great outdoors. This canine needs fresh air as other dogs might need constant de-fleaing. Cooped-up or confined, the Sagittarius Dog (much like the archer which is symbolic of the sign) will know exactly where to aim so that he or she causes the most discomfort to others with the least personal inconvenience. In short, life with a Sagittarius Dog will never, ever be dull.
The Sagittarius Dog is an independent creature, preferring to make a personal choice regarding who his or her living companions will be. The fact that an owner may have paid through the nose, and chosen this canine with great care when he or she was only a small pup, carries no weight whatsoever. The Sagittarius Dog will either take to an owner or not, based purely and solely on that owner’s merits as a person. If this canine does not find an owner to suit his or her particular taste, then that owner will be treated in the same manner as any other casual acquaintance…with polite aloofness. Even when the Sagittarius Dog does bond with a human, this canine remains somewhat detached. The favoured companion will always be a native of Aries (regardless of shape, size or species) since subjects governed by these two Signs share a zest for adventure and relish the frequent arguments that seem to spawn whenever Sagittarius and Aries come together.
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): The Social Climber
The Capricorn Dog is driven by ambition and the ability to scale heights. The interest of this canine in…and the understanding of…class and social standing will be totally politically incorrect. With one glance, the Capricorn Dog will sum up a person and no amount of elocution lessons or learned deportment will fool this discerning canine, whose obsession in life is to better his or her present position and move, step-by-step, up to the social ladder. Reserved by nature and supremely diplomatic, the Capricorn Dog makes for an amenable pet. It is sometimes said of the Capricorn Dog that he or she looks old from the moment of birth, but improves with age. Canines governed by Capricorn tend to favour those breeds which can withstand cold climates, such as Saint Bernard or Husky. The practical, earthy nature of Capricorn makes this canine unafraid of hard work but, since these dogs are also ruled by the Planet Saturn, they may take an exceedingly long time to complete anything undertaken. “Walkies” with a Capricorn Dog can be infuriating as he or she forever lags behind. There is also a tendency to be stubborn and the commands or calls of any owner are quite likely to be ignored when this canine does not feel like listening. On the other hand, many of the world’s most handsome dogs have been born under this Sign and almost every Capricorn Dog approaches perfection in form and build, regardless of breed. The one flaw of this canine might be an overly-long nose coupled with an underslung jaw.
Problems arise with a Capricorn Dog if his or her living standards fail to improve. The older this canine becomes, the more beset by deep depression he or she will be once realization sets in that there is no possible opportunity for social furtherance. Under such circumstances, the Capricorn Dog is liable to adopt a defeatist attitude and will no longer try to please. Ideally, this canine would prefer to be in a favoured position enjoyed by such dogs as the Queen of England’s Royal Corgis…in other words, right at the top. When found in an average sort of household, thie Capricorn Dog will begin to work on betterment of the current situation and, without the owner even realizing, this canine will gently nudge his or her human along (for example, the Capricorn Dog will make the house appear so small that a larger one is sought). It is interesting to note that this canine will be particularly eager to please when the owner is dressed in the best of clothing whereas he or she will be nowhere near as cooperative when an owner chooses to slop around in a robe and slippers, dunking donuts into a cup of tea. In good time, the owner of a Capricorn Dog will gradually get the hang of things…standards will rise, new furniture will be purchased and social occasions will become bigger and more lavish. As the human in this relationship becomes more houseproud, then so will the Capricorn Dog, turning into an immaculate member of the family who never puts a paw out of place. When it comes to social interaction, the Capricorn Dog really comes into his or her own. Unlike most other canines, this dog understands that there must be authority if life is to be smooth and comfortable. The Capricorn Dog will accept that humans rule the roost and quickly adopt the role of a most obedient pet.
A Capricorn Dog coupled with a Capricorn owner will make for a splended relationship since both will engage enthusiastically in mutual social climbing, but the most compatible owner will be a native of Virgo. Virgo subjects are sufficiently down-to-earth to keep the more blatant side of the Capricorn Dog under control. Taurus and Libra owners will also get along well with this canine, but Sagittarius would be well-advised to bypass the Capricorn litter.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 20): The Friend
The Aquarius Dog is determined (albeit in a quiet and inoffensive way) to unearth the truth about everything and everyone. To this canine, knowing a little about anything is tantamount to knowing nothing at all. Thus, he or she can easily be demanding when it comes to sought-after knowledge, but can be aggravatingly slow if an owner is trying to get from Point “A” to Point “B” in a hurry. Thorough, slow, deliberate and painstaking, the Aquarius Dog possesses a stubborn streak that is liable to drive even the mildest of owners quite crazy. Often, this dog possesses traits that even other canines find to be quite peculiar. Usually well-built and often on the tall side for his or her particular breed standard, the Aquarius Dog will have eyes that are deep and widely set apart. The expression is invariably tranquil and on occasion, the head of this dog appears to droop…almost as though the thoughts twirling around inside were all too heavy. This canine makes for a good house dog, being steady and calm, not given to rushing around and creating havoc or chaos. The Aquarius Dog will quietly get on with life…investigating, discovering and wondering. What an owner finds, when he or she catches up with this dog, may well be chaotic, but will have been created peacefully with a definite air of detachment.
The Aquarius Dog enjoys working in the entertainment field…as a circus performer or taking part in a television series…and sometimes appears to be more human than canine in species. However, the heart of this dog truly lies with his or her own kind and this canine is never more delighted than when he or she is running with the pack…albeit somewhat erratically. The happiest Aquarius Dog is one who has been given as much freedom as possible for this dog adores to be allowed off the leash. Social interaction is where the Aquarius Dog really comes into his or her own. The home of this dog is likely to be full of his or her friends and acquaintances…not all of whom will necessarily be of the canine persuasion. The most humane of the species, people are most assuredly this dog’s “thing” and he or she will get on brilliantly with an owner…as well as with everyone else for that matter.
Natives of both Gemini and Libra will greatly intrigue the Aquarius Dog. The airy mental attitude inherent in these Zodiac Signs toward life makes a perfect foil for the Aquarius Dog, serving to calm this canine to some extent and making him or her stop to think occasionally before leaping to conclusions. There will be some minor friction every now and then, particularly when the stubborn side of the Gemini owner gets in the way, but the Aquarius Dog soon manages to find a way around this obstacle and (as usual) will eventually get his or her own way.
Pisces (February 21 – March 20): The Interpreter
The Pisces Dog is yet another split-personality canine, pulled in two directions at the same time. When this is coupled with a slight lack of intelligence and deep sensitivity, then the end result is a very complicated dog. An unpredictable soul whose mind changes from one minute to the next, the life of the Pisces Dog will an endless ebb and flow of moods, changeability and contrariness as inner feelings pull him or her in every direction. This canine will hardly ever know if he or she is coming or going…or even been there already. Deep inside, well beyond control, the Pisces Dog will be a good dog who truly desires to please. This will, at times, be quite obvious and lead to enjoyable experiences. However, in between, when this canine is annoying and inconsistent, things will not be so easy. Physically, there are no particular attributes or peculiarities associated with the Pisces Dog. He or she will be active and playful…on occasion…and unfortunately prone to leg and foot ailments since the ankles and paws tend to be weak. Any sign of limping by this canine should be investigated immediately. Mongrels tend to fare best under the Sign of Pisces, for this is the Sign said to contain qualities from all the other eleven. To be a Pisces Dog is to be a confused creature. It is not unusual to see him or her pacing between the fire, the basket and the bowl.
Basically a water dog, this canine will be desperately unhappy without this element. Probably the favourite outing of the Pisces Dog would be a walk by the seashore…especially if a meal of fish is on the agenda. However, if an owner does not live by the sea or have a pond in the garden, then it will be necessary to fill the tub. Ideally, the Pisces Dog would like to live on a floating home…anything from an ocean liner to a narrow boat. Marooned on dry land in an ordinary house, he or she will make the most of anything wet that can be found. Country walks have a tendency to turn into swimming galas as this dog rolls in every puddle and will run for miles to find a stream. The Pisces Dog becomes extremely excited at the sight of rain and when an owner takes a bath or shower, it is not unusual for the Pisces Dog to join in the ablutions. He or she will also come running with every flush of the toilet. Generally, the life of a Pisces Dog will be spent by putting his or her paw into it, while the other half will be concerned with trying to mend the situation. Forceful and pushy one minute, this dog is gentle, retiring and loving the next.
As owners, natives of Cancer and Scorpio stand the best chance of seeing the good side of the Pisces Dog rather than the bad. Cancer’s sense of humour will be an immense help to the relationship, while Scorpio will be so besotted with the Pisces Dog that he or she will simply fail to see the contrary patches and life will be the proverbial “bed of roses.”