March 21 - April 19
Symbol: The Ram
Healing Combo: Scorpio and Virgo
Most compatible with: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius
What an Aries dog daydreams about: chasing cars; beating up other dogs twice their size; and being your hero
Keywords: feisty, aggressive, independent, takes the initiative, rowdy, impulsive, Fierce, high-energy, accident-prone
The 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.
Bark it like it's Hot:
Like a furry commando on four legs, an Aries dog will dominate, even if he's small. Nothing and no one can intimidate him. A Mars-ruled pup loves to start fights with all the other dog stars: it makes him feel most alive and reminds him how fierce he is. Patience might be a virtue, but the Aries pooch can live without it: let the Taurus doggies have that one. An Aries dog wants instant gratification, treats and rewards — yesterday! His pet peeve is being made to wait. When he wants to go out, he means NOW, so bust a move or he'll punish the daylights of out of you by ruining your carpet or brand new Manolos. If you're looking for the Power Off switch, good luck: the Aries dog doesn't have one. Trust that you've found yourself an energizer bunny variety of dogs. You must supply copious amounts of activity or he'll take all his pent up aggression out on you, your furniture, or on other doggies.
Put up Your Dukes Dog:
Watch how your feisty pup just can't resist picking fights with pooches 10 times his size; he has to prove his own invincibility. Truth is, the Aries dog is a lovable little hothead with all bark and no bite. He's actually just a noisy little bundle of love dying for you to like him. An Aries dog wants to be your hero. He wants to be the first to do and see everything. He wants to impress you by ramming away the annoying competition and forcing his way up to his rightful place: number one, now and forever.
Bark Loudly and Carry a Big Stick:
The Aries dog knows how to use and abuse his woof power — quiet time is so not his thing. Always on the go, even if it's just chasing his own tail, this restless fur ball loves to sniff out the next challenge or competition to prove his status (numero uno or bust). Size and stature is no issue for a warrior dog. Even the smallest amongst the Aries clan would never let size intimidate him. Fiercely defending his honor, he'll step right up to any cocky canine that dares him to a little sidewalk skirmish.
Macho Macho Dog:
If you already own an Aries, you can probably guess that subtlety is not your dog's strong suit. When he's happy, you know it, as he pounces all over you and covers you with licks. If he's had it with your human foibles, get ready to feel the wrath — an out and out doggie tantrum replete with growls, and paw slamming. The goal is to be champ and ruler of the household, neighborhood and dog run. Have mercy on the wuss of a dog that is clueless enough to step up in this macho dog's face, they're going down. You may wonder who is master and who is servant in this relationship. Unless you can hold your own, expect a major role reversal unless you love watching your Rambo pooch pitch a fit every time he doesn't get his way.
My Way or the Highway:
The Aries dog doesn't like to share, play fair, or put up with other dogs if he can help it. Fighting to be number one twenty-four hours a day, this fearless fighter will plow his way to the front of the line and still get away with it because underneath all that bravado, he's still just an innocent little pup. But pity the fool who keeps him waiting. He's in a serious rush to get to the next hot spot first.
While he loves to be the boss, the Aries' impulsiveness needs to be kept in check: he's constantly bumping into furniture or sniffing scary things, or even recklessly thinking he can take on oncoming traffic. Be sure to have plenty of soft-edged, child-proof furniture around your home. Discipline and plenty of exercise is the key for tempering this jazzed up pooch. Teach your Aries puppy how to share and play nice with other doggies early on in life and you'll have fewer battles of the doggie will later on. Wear him out any chance you get so you can sit back and enjoy the innocent and now mellow ram-dog energy. Once exhausted, this bundle of energy is a joy to behold and a delight to have around. No Dog Star is more open, trusting and ready for anything. You can spring anything on an Aries dog and they'll happily jump right in, muzzle first.
If the Aries dog could talk, he or she would say:
Take me out NOW! No NOW, idiot!
I'm counting to ten, and then I'm leaving without you.
I want to be a macho man.
What an Aries dog wants in an owner:
Hot Diggety Human:
Boy, I could sure dig a high-energy human to keep up with my pace. If you should have a pair of num-chucks in case the neighborhood dogs get out of control — even better (devilish grin.) Will you wrestle with me often and always let me win (not that I wouldn't take you out on my own). Please never, never ever make me wait for my walks or liver treats because instant gratification is my middle name. Show your love for me in obvious ways — why not have a tattoo of my name on your biceps in fact? The more you like to shout out your love to me in public, the more I'll bark yours. Blatant displays of worship and admiration of yours truly are highly encouraged.
Bark Your Mind:
I like an owner who says it exactly how he means it and out loud — especially if there's a chance of stirring up a little brawl. If you let me dominate the scene at the dog run without cramping my style, you're a-okay. And please buy me bright red, flashy dog collars with spikes for my birthday. Sleeping is not your thing right? We need to share the belief that life is now or never — there's too many competitions to conquer and medals to be won. You must have enough energy to keep up with me when I dart off after my next conquest. I don't always watch where I'm going and need you to hold the leash when I forget to look both ways before rampaging across the street. I trust that you would never try to tame my fiery spirit with something as scary as obedience training — education is so overrated. I live by sheer instinct and raw energy baby. Life is a battlefield and you and I are comrades in arms.
As fierce and independent as I may seem, I'm also a sucker for grand displays of affection. You'd better give me enough attention so everyone knows I'm your number one priority like doing everything I want when I want it and how I want it. I'll be your hero and I expect you to be mine. You could be a firefighter or a cop, just as long as you let me break the rules and jump the fence. I thrive on danger and need constant excitement. Let's go watch the burning building or look for an accident scene just for kicks. You encourage lots of running around and barking and you'll even rage on with me — the louder you are, the better. I need a child-like owner: stuffy adults need not apply.
April 20 - May 20
Healing Combo: Libra and Sagittarius
Most compatible with: Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces
What a Taurus dog daydreams about: snuggling up with you on the couch, under a tree and snacking or chewing on a bone that never seems to end
Keywords: loyal, stubborn, protective, devoted, tenacious, lazy, steady, indulgent, a foodie, simple, strong, predictable, habitual
The 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.
Meat and Taters Please:
The perpetually famished Taurus dog may rob you of your stash of Frito-Lay's but his undying devotion to you will also steal your heart away. His loyalty is unmatched: he'll see every obstacle through until the end, no matter how arduous the journey. You would never have to be concerned about the Taurus dog "cheating" on you — it's rare that a Taurus doggie would even take a second look at another potential owner unless, of course, that person happens to own a restaurant.
Taurus dogs live for large portions of food — both of the dog and people food varieties. Okay, so they're a little greedy and don't take kindly to sharing their food, but you'd better be prepared to share yours. (Cut them some slack, they have the biggest appetite of the zodiac!) They'll expect to eat whenever you do, so try to plan your meals accordingly to avoid the big bark of this eternally hungry little badger dog. Regularity with scheduling both feeding and walking is key in keeping the Taurus pooch a happy camper. It might be wise to trick your pup into thinking that he is eating more by cutting down portion size and feeding him/her little healthy treats throughout the day. The good news is that this dog possesses plenty of patience and accepts delayed gratification — he can be trained to wait patiently for their regular meal times. The downside is ... should you fall off schedule by even a few minutes the Taurus dog will let you know it in no uncertain terms. The Taurus pooch has no shame when it comes to barking loudly for on-demand feeding.
After a good hearty meal, it's siesta time for the Taurus doggie. This dog knows how to max and relax, and was sent to you by the stars to teach you the fine art of doing nothing. The Taurus dog hates to be rushed and even worse to be called the L-word, as in lazy. Lounging is an art form perfected by this Venus-ruled pup. He cannot be pushed into doing anything against his strong will, and should you decide to get all bossy on your little Taurus friend, watch him dig in their heels. He needs gentle coaxing to get from dog bed to food bowl to sidewalk, and get very attached to routine, preferring a steady, predictable day of indulgent rituals like mealtime, treat time, nap time and massage time. You can bet your bottom dollar, this dog will teach you some serious lessons in punctuality.
Take This Walk and Shove It:
While most dogs jump for joy when they hear the word WALK, don't expect your Taurus doggie to have any natural inclination to move from the comfy confines of his dog bed. Taurus dogs are more likely to feign sleep or pretend they don't feel well to avoid changing positions from lying down to standing on all fours. Walking is just another annoying chore to these leisurely pups: exerting themselves is not their idea of a good time. Taurus dogs prefer chewing on their favorite bone or snuggling with you. Exercise schmexercise, what are a few extra pounds? In fact, Taurus doggies look like they're supposed to be a little chubby even in the skinny-minniest of breeds. Watch their happy-dappy doggie spirit dwindle in seconds when you take away Taurus dogs' favorite things. They won't surrender their prized possessions or treats without putting up a major tug-of-war with you either. Taurus dog stars are perhaps the most fiercely stubborn and determined canines of the zodiac. No matter how many hours and dollars you pour into obedience training, these cuties may refuse to learn to respond to "let go." They get very attached to things, and will hold on for dear life. The good news is that they'll never tire of snuggling with you, even if they insist on hogging all the blankets.
If the Taurus dog could talk, he or she would say:
Life is meant for relaxation.
What's the big rush?
Can you please walk a little slower? I'm winded already.
What a Taurus dog wants in an owner:
Do you appreciate good food and just kicking back in your easy chair? If so, you're my kind of mommy or daddy! I can't deal with huffy, pushy humans who lack gentleness and patience. I also don't dig fakes or show-offs, so spare me if you're one of those wannabe poser types. I don't like fluff. I am the real McCoy and I want an owner who is as genuine and down to earth as I am. Y'know, a real meat and potatoes kind of man or woman to call my very own. Okay, so I'm a little possessive over my mommy or daddy. In my heart of hearts, I yearn for that special someone who will spoil me rotten. Oh, and of course it's important that you're the kind of someone who understands the importance of fluffy pillows, a big bone, lots of snacks and endless affection. Furthermore, I, Taurus doggie, expect loyalty because Lord knows I'm going to put every fiber of my canine being into our relationship "till death do us part." Please give me an owner who isn't fickle. I need someone who sees every obstacle through with patience and perseverance, who understands my distaste for change: and that includes changing my dog food, my bed, or my short (key word: short) little walks around the block. Sudden shifts in plans make me insecure and grouchy: I need stability, reliability, and an owner who's solid as a rock. Throwing off my rhythm is the worst thing you can do, so if you're one of those flaky, changeable types, please sign up for some time management course. Otherwise you'll make me so nervous I'll resort to oversleeping or binge eating just to deal with the lack of routine and the chaos. Maybe you should know that I simply do not thrive in mutable environments. Consistency is key. I need the kind of owner I can set my watch by. I need to know that you'll always come through, right on time like you said you would: a true-blue best friend, loyal and devoted to the core.
If you live near the woods, or live in a log cabin, even better. I love trees and nature. At least take me to the park or let me sniff around the flowers at a nearby garden if you don't have one of your own. Flowers make me almost as happy as food. I need fresh air and life at a slower pace than the average dog. I'm not really a city dog because I don't adapt well to all of the hustle and bustle and the lack of greenery. Movers and shakers, and surprises are so not my thing — save them for my Aquarian dog-star cousins. I prefer a rural setting, but if that's not possible, surround me with a tranquil environment and frequent trips to the country. It's important for me to stay grounded. I also prefer if you have a fat bank account because lack of funds does not bode well for my sense of security. If the stash of dog food starts to run low, I may panic so it's advisable to always have an extra supply on hand — it gives me a wonderful sense of that safety blanket I so crave. My deepest, darkest fear is to go hungry.
May 21 - June 21
Symbol: The Twins
Healing Combo: Capricorn and Scorpio
Most compatible with: Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo
What a Gemini dog daydreams about: Running all over town with you from bookstore to café. Loves a weekend getaway.
Keywords: unpredictable, versatile, smart, sociable, high-energy, curious, easily distracted, restless, dual
The 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.
Trains, Planes and Doggie Carriers:
See that charming and youthful looking dog star running around like a planet on speed? Yep, must be a Gemini pup. This magpie of a dog loves to chat it up and gives the phrase "on the go" new meaning. So much to see and do; so little time! So much to say and so few ways to bark it! This is one of the brightest and most adaptable doggies of the zodiac. More than any other sign, they can easily adjust to almost any situation. If you're a jetsetter yourself — jackpot! — because these doggie dilettantes love love love to travel. They are happiest when in transit with their beloved twin star (that's you of course). Whether in a train, car, or airplane, Gemini dogs find travel sheer bliss. This is one dog sign that shouldn't need any doggie tranquilizers. Unless of course there is some kind of odd affliction to their stars. Typical Gem Dog Stars adore nothing more than being in perpetual motion and seeing the world. In case, you haven't noticed, they're also multi-lingual so don't try to sneak anything past them in another language because you simply won't get away with it.
I think, Therefore I Am Dog:
The Gemini Dog Star loves people and quite honestly wishes it could chat it up with everyone over a gin and tonic. Watch the wheels turning in little Gemini dog's head: they're busy dreaming up a million brilliant schemes and tricks to be played on unsuspecting humans. This dog lives for fun and games — especially games. Gemini dogs bore easily because their minds are always on to the next thing; they lose their focus very easily. You'll have to give them plenty of variety to keep their little noggins stimulated — the more happening simultaneously the better. They're even into playing catch and reading a book at the same time. Oh, don't think that they haven't learned to read just because they're of the canine species. If Gemini pups could hold a pen they'd probably write an entire novel. They love to have stories read to them at bedtime, too. If you're not an avid reader, they also enjoy watching television or listening to the radio with you-or both at the same time. Gemini loves music: as long as it's not Muzak, or anything outdated, they'll pretty much dig it and probably dance around the house with you. They're great mimics. They'll even take on some of your mannerisms. They live to entertain and make people laugh. They'll gladly perform tricks, stand on two legs, catch, shake — you name it. And they are perhaps the fastest learners in the doggie zodiac.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Rawhide:
Soon you might begin to notice that this smarty-pants pooch seems to have not one, but at least two rather distinct personalities. Your Gemini pup might even appear to walk in two directions at once — or first to the right and then to left — when they're rambling down the sidewalk sniffing everything and everyone in sight. Why walk in a straight line when zigzag fashion is so much fun? Gemini doesn't want to miss out on anything. You'll soon ask yourself: is this little Gemini child of mine an angel or a devil? One day your little dog star is perfectly innocent, cute, cuddly, full of zing and the next he or she is a holy terror leaving one disaster after another in their wake. This little trickster doggie can't resist a little mischief now and then. They get a thrill out of stealing little objects from other dogs or even you, so if something comes up missing be sure to find out where they keep their loot.
Naughty by Nature:
How boring to have only one persona: it's all about double trouble, double the pleasure with their twin self. Try your best to understand and love both sides equally to prevent the Gemini doggie from going loco on you with a split personality. If you can't play the role of soul mate and twin for your Gemini pup, you might want to consider getting them a little sibling. They feel better with a counterpart, a partner in fun and in crime. If you can't be that for them, they may sneak out of the house to find someone who will. Be sure to always have an ID tag on your wandering pooch because they thrive on getting lost-and they're sneaky enough to escape. Keep them endlessly supplied with toys or their restless minds could easily tempt them into stirring up some trouble like messing up your house or hiding your favorite pair of slippers. Born tricksters, these clever little canines can't resist pulling a few over on their beloved owners now and then.
Which Way Did I Go, Which Way Did I Go?:
The doggie multi-tasker, Gemini pup confuses easily because they are constantly taking in the multifarious stimuli bombarding them from every direction. They don't want to miss a beat. They just have a hard time making up their mind about what they want to sniff, or when they want to eat or which way they want to walk. They will probably defer to you for the answers because all the back and forth, ping-pong volleying in their little doggie brains is too much sometimes. Even if they seem to contradict your wishes, rest assured that you are helping to ease their panic of decision making. It's easier for them to contradict you then to make up their own minds. So just pull in the reigns a little tighter, and watch how you instantly seem to quell their anxiety. All of their running around (even while sleeping they are dreaming of running around), very often keeps these dogs slim no matter how much food they eat. They burn off a lot of calories with their constant hyperactivity. These trendy dogs are style savvy, too. They're born hipsters, setting the trends for the other dogs in the hood to follow. Your Gemini pup could easily end up on the front page of the next chic dog magazine. They were born for the media, darling, and know how to work the camera and an interview like no other dog star except maybe Leo.
If the Gemini dog could talk, he or she would say:
Here I am now — Entertain me!
Let's play hide and seek.
What a Gemini dog wants in an owner:
I prefer an owner who likes to mix it up in life: you know, someone who keeps things interesting. I need constant stimulation and gads of fascinating people coming in and out of the house! The more buzz, the better. My owner has to be a lively character who loves to travel and will take me with them (or at least let me sleep in my pet carrier and pretend I am traveling even if it's just in my dreams). I love you if you're cute as a button and smart as a whip: 'cos I am. If you like to go to parties and hang out in cool local spots in our neighborhood — and of course take me with you every time — then you rock.
Me and Mr. A.D.D.:
Do you like to play music and watch television at the same time? Or read magazines and watch television at the same time? Do crossword puzzles, or read out loud? All these things I find immensely comforting. Will you let me multi-task? Can we go roller-skating with our headphones on? Will you take me to see the world? Will you teach me lots of new tricks? You'd better be funny and sly or you'll bore me to tears. I need someone who can love both of my twins. I need someone who doesn't care that I don't walk a straight line in life. You understand the value of going in circles to chase your own tail: just because, just because you can. I admire an owner with a great sense of humor and the charm of eternal youth. If you share my curiosity about life and even like to read the tabloids, I think we'll get on famously.
June 22 - July 22
Healing Combo: Aquarius, Sagittarius
Most compatible with: Scorpio. Pisces, Taurus, Virgo
What a Cancer dog daydreams about: Rainy days and snow storms so you'll have no interest in going outside. AMC movie marathons, listening to the radio and watching you smoke your pipe or bake apple pie.
Keywords: sensitive, moody, emotional, intuitive, domestic, shy, touchy, nurturing, protective, needy.
The Personality Snapshot:
Cancer dogs need to be cuddled.
Cancer dogs need to be mommied.
Caner 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.
You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore:
The most sensitive and nurturing of all dogs. They have a tough shell exterior but that's simply to protect their vulnerable little hearts. They want to take care of you but be babied in return. Like their symbol, the crab, Cancer doggies will never approach matters directly but will sidle up to you with subtle hints that they need something. They're home-loving pups and soooo keenly sensitive to their environment that if you live in a dump or austere flat then start decorating they'll be forced to run away from home. This domestic doggie needs to be treated like a true and cherished member of the family — not just some pet relegated to a dog house or crate. This dog is not only sensitive but borders on psychic. They feel when you're going to leave them for your vacation even if you leave no clues. They'll even run and hide when they feel a vet trip in the near future — even though you've given no indication that you've booked an appointment.
C.D. (Cancer Dog) Phone Home:
This doggie is more than just a lover of all things domestic — they are fervently attached to their home. It takes a lot to convince them that there is anything worth leaving their little sanctuaries for. If they could live under a blanket away from all loud noises, people and other doggies they probably would. They'd hope you would share this home-loving sensibility and feel it utterly unnecessary to go out. They can't stand to see you leave the home, and wait anxiously for your return. Their favorite times are cozy nights spent at home with you. They love affection from you but can't stand stranger's touching them let alone grooming them — especially if they're rough or aggressive. Cancer stars are so shy and sensitive on first meeting and may surprise you by how antisocial they can be. Other than their immediate family, Cancer puppies really don't care for strangers all that much. They'll be utterly traumatized if you throw them into a dog run with a bunch of brutish types. They need to be around other sensitive and caring souls who approach gently and with caution. Overzealousness makes their fur crawl.
Memories, Like the Corners of My Mind:
This dog has a memory like an elephant and expects you to have the same. Especially when it comes to remembering their birthday or the anniversary of the day you brought your baby home. Be sensitive to shower them with plenty of reassurance and make them feel safe and secure knowing that you'll never leave their side for long. They have an abandonment complex after all. They'll be unduly traumatized for life if you raise your voice or even yank their leash too hard out of impatience. Things that might just roll of another dog star's back will leave deep scars for life on your thin-skinned Cancer doggie. And they may forgive, but they never ever forget.
Cancer dog stars are ruled by the moon, which might explain their frequent lunatic-like outbursts. Your friends and neighbors will undoubtedly marvel at the odd ball behavior of your Cancer pooch — wondering where on earth you ever got such a loose-cannon creature. Just make sure they don't insult your hypersensitive pooch because the Cancer dog star's feelings are so easily hurt. You'll have to get used to the way your moon-ruled pup exhibits even stranger behaviors on the full moon. They may even start howling for no reason or suddenly start wolfing down their dog food on those nights. Or maybe they simply run around the house like a possessed little freak for no apparent reason. Blame it on La Luna.
If the Cancer dog could talk, he or she would say:
That hurt my feelings
I don't want leftovers — I want the special people food that you're eating.
You forgot our anniversary!
What a Cancer dog wants in an owner:
I want someone to treat me like their little baby and make me feel I am really the most cherished member of the entire family. If you have a baby already, I will be so jealous because I want to be the child of the family. I need nurturing! I want someone who hates to leave home for any extended period of time. And don't try to fool me by packing at the last minute, because I'll sense if you're leaving days before. Puleeez, don't abandon me or I could easily develop digestive issues. The more domestic and home-loving you are, the more my little Cancerian soul will feel assured. It's all about security lest my fur start falling out. I really need a sensitive owner who has the kind of loving care a doting Grandparent gives their favorite grandchild. I'd prefer if you wouldn't bring strangers around the house and expect me to interact with them in some extroverted way. Ain't happening friend — I don't like sharing my house or my owner with new people — my place my space! I want us to hide out together in our quiet little sanctuary — safely away from the battering of the cruel outside world. And why do you have to bring any outsiders in? It makes me way uncomfortable, I'll have you know. I don't warm up to others that easily. It takes time and I have to trust before I'll be willing to come out of my furry shell.
Oh, and I'd like an owner who uses all natural cleaning and grooming products because I have a very delicate system. Chemicals make me ill. I prefer natural doggie food too as artificial ingredients could easily lead to major health issues because I just mentioned, I've got a sensitive constitution. I'm also a very finicky eater, so if I don't like my dog food, I won't eat it.
Barking at the Moon:
I want someone who likes to go for long walks on the full moon and won't mind if I display my whacky lunar tendencies when the moon is full. If you're into moon worship or Wicca, you'll totally rock my world. When the moon is new, I'm usually at my lowest energy. When it's waxing, I may actually agree to leave the house once in awhile. When it is full, look out! I may need to do laps around the house and then bark like a psycho for the fun of it. When the moon is waning, I need my space and extra sleep time. Keeping in tune with the moon phases is key if you want to understand my whacky, lunar nature. My little doggie moods ebb and flow in accordance with the big silver ball in the sky.
July 23 - August 22
Symbol: The Lion
Healing Combo: Capricorn and Pisces
Most compatible with: Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra
What a Leo dog daydreams about: Starring in their own movie; becoming a rock star; being chased by the Paparazzi; starting their own doggie clothing line; performing in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Keywords: regal, dramatic, confident, show-off, proud, star-quality, open-hearted, generous, larger than life, bold, demanding, diva
The 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.
Strike a Pose:
This is the superstar of the Zodiac: and don't you forget it! The Leo dog likes to strut. She'll knock your socks off, whether she's performing or just looking as regal and mega-sophisticated as the Sphinx. Notice how she sits with unmatched elegance. The Leo Dog Star is the biggest show-off of the zodiac. A Natural ham, she never gets enough time in the spotlight. The best way to feed her puffed-up pride is by showering her with compliments, attention, affection and praise; and she'll take second helpings on that. Too much is never enough for this Diva doggie. Love and adoration are better than all the Greenies and Liver snacks put together. Be sure to treat this dog like Hollywood royalty; lavish him/her in luxury items; five star accommodations, and adorn them from head to toe in diamonds. Leo is the true show dog of the zodiac and the world is their audience. They'll sashay down the sidewalk like a supermodel whether it's an official contest or not. Leo dogs are fabulous with children because they love, love, love to play. But just don't expect them to graciously share the limelight with the kids. They need to be the center of attention 24-7, baby. They'll slobber you with kisses and wags galore because this A-list dog has a heart of gold.
I Am Dog Hear Me Bark:
The Leo Dog Star commands respect if not an altar upon which you vow to fervently worship her like the deity she is. Should you fail to pay her the proper respect, don't be surprised if she deals you some serious shade. Leo has a lot of pride to protect; she bruises as easily as she shines. If you neglect to pay attention to your Leo star — or worse yet — ignore her when she's showing off for you, it's like you've stolen the sunshine. This spoiled pup thrives on your adoration and affection; there's no such thing as too much. She has a heart of gold and would give you her last bone to prove her undying devotion. The Leo diva wants only the best. She'll have no qualms telling you if she finds the surroundings beneath her high standards. Should you feed her measly can food instead of cooking her a filet mignon, she'll throw a serious royal tantrum. Would you treat a royal Dog Star like that?
If the Leo dog could talk, he or she would say:
Get my agent on the phone!
Let's have a ball, gourmet treats on ME! Mom, share my treats with everyone please!
I'm ready for my close up.
What a Leo dog wants in an owner:
Requirement number one: you're into pet worship. Requirement number two: you like to live luxe. Requirement number three: the world revolves around moi. And that's just for starters. I need someone who is part owner/part agent/part fan club. You know how to hook me up with a personal chef, my own private dressing room, plush dog bed, fabulous wardrobe and glamorous beauty products. You'll take the time to get to know what my favorites are and always have them on hand: like my favorite doggie shampoo, treats and toys. If you're a cheapie or a tightwad, you'll offend my sensibilities. I need you to understand that I have champagne taste; a beer bottle budget won't cut it. We're so not happening. If your idea of fashion is some rag you bought from a garage sale, please don't expect me to be seen with you in public. I'd rather die. Okay, so I'm a bit of a drama queen: but you love that about me.
August 23 - September 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Healing Combo: Aries and Sagittarius
Most compatible with: Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio, and Cancer
What a Virgo dog daydreams about: Neat, ordered rows of healthy dog food and a house that never has a spot of dirt.
Keywords: neat, meticulous, worry-wart tendencies, fastidious, healthy, minimalist, hermit-like, hard working
The 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.
Picky? Why, yes! Fussy? But of course! Smart as a whip? You know it. The epitome of perfection in the canine species, the Virgo Dog Star reigns supreme of the clean and pristine. You'll have to keep an eye on his nervous nature and worrywart tendencies, especially if the home lacks order or the owner lacks good hygiene. This dog loves ritual. Seriously, you'll have to set your alarm like you're in military boot camp for wake and walk and feeding times. Conscientious Virgo will keep you on track too. If you're the type that spends five minutes running around like mad looking for your keys or always goes out wearing different colored socks, you'll be reformed by this disciplined doggie. He doesn't miss a detail. If you forget about an important meeting, a Virgo will be sure to point it out on your calendar with his well-groomed paws.
Shhhhh! Silence is Golden:
Unlike his Mercury-ruled friend Gemini, who would bark nonstop all 365 days of the year if they could, you might be surprised to encounter such a thoughtful dog. A Virgo dog relishes their quiet time and solitude (as long as they know you are nearby). He thinks deeply and frequently, often trying to assimilate and organize their experience. A Virgo wants to know the meaning behind everything and will take things apart (as long as it doesn't make too much of a mess) to figure it all out. Don't be surprised if your Virgo pooch gets a furrowed furry brow from all of that analyzing and worrying. If he watches television with you, don't insult him with mindless sitcoms or trashy cable shows. He appreciates the news, thoughtful political commentary and artfully made documentaries. Remember, he has high standards in all arenas of life. Do not underestimate this pooch's brilliance.
How Much is That Doggie in the Habit?
You'll wonder if this dog wasn't intended to be a monk but was born into the wrong species. The Virgo Dog Star was born to serve his master and ultimately, the world. If he were human, he would be a nurse or a healer. A Virgo wants to be clean and healthy—and they want you to clean up your act, too. This Dog Star can inspire you to kick your bad habits and keep your house spic and span. This puppy won't need as much obedience school or dog training as most dogs: he's born with an innate ability to avoid the uncouth behaviors typically associated with sloppier stars. Jumping up on people and ruining their white clothing with doggie paw prints?! No way. The thought of slobber and mud and matted hair makes him cringe. Being such a smarty-pants, however, he may be too intelligent to train with simple obedience school. He may shun anything inferior to his own superior manners. A Virgo can and will inspire you to be the model parent of perfect breeding to match his own unparalleled levels of perfection. Of course with his god-like unconditional love he'll forgive you for being merely human.
If the Virgo dog could talk, he or she would say:
Ewww … when was the last time you washed my dog bed?
Did you remember to blow out the candles before we left for the dog run? Turn off the lights? Unplug the curling iron? Lock the deadbolt lock?
Where are my doggie paw wipes?
What a Virgo Dog wants in an owner:
The Tao of Human:
I need someone who appreciates Zen-like minimalism—or a classic elegance in the home environment. Too much clutter makes me nervous. I will worry away hours planning better organizational strategies. You'll get extra doggie points if you're fanatical about your hygiene. "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" is my mantra. I just adore an owner who understands the importance of bathing a few times a day. Dirt, grime and germs can send me over the edge. I need a pristine place to call home. I need an owner who knows the value of spending a little extra for nutritious dog food. If you think Purina is going to fly, think again. I can sniff out an artificial ingredient from a mile away. I am fussy with a capital F! Daily exercise is the most important of all: no flab for the fab, I say. You have to live up to my high standards. I'm no schlep of a mutt, mind you. Ne'er do well's need not apply.
You Work Hard for the Money:
It makes me smile from ear to ear whenever I see you hard at work, honing your craft. I love nothing more than someone who believes practice makes perfect. It gives me a sense of peacefulness and reassurance just knowing that you're attending to all of the details with so much love and care (especially when those details involve moi.) makes it feel like all is well and right in my doggie world. When I see you getting better at your talents as a result of practice, I am so proud of you. I also hope you will help me refine my skills like fetching, and catching and standing on two legs and spinning. The more time you take with me to help me perfect my talents will be so appreciated. I love hard work and feeling like I am as close to perfect as possible.
September 23 - October 22
Symbol: The Scales
Healing Combo: Taurus and Pisces
Most compatible with: Gemini, Aquarius, Leo, and Sagittarius
What a Libra dog daydreams about: Peace on earth and a life of luxury.
Keywords: balanced, calm, peaceful, beautiful, sweet, accommodating, fair-minded, charming, social
The 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.
Mighty Dog Meets Aphrodite:
With so much discord in the world, who couldn't use some beauty and harmony? Thank heavens for the charming and gracious ways of a little Libran pup to bring everything back into perfect equanimity and equipoise. Libran pooches are the peacemakers of the zodiac, blessed with an innate sense of balance. You'll rarely see your Libran darling display any unpleasant or extreme behaviors. Gentle as a lamb and gorgeous as a supermodel, it's as if she were born with a perfect pedigree and manners to boot. The Libran's soul purpose is to charm and compliment you, her partner for life. She will do everything in her puppy powers to please and accommodate you. You will always come first, as Librans want nothing more than to please their other half. To them, life is one grand balancing act. Their mission is to keep everything flowing smoothly. They will always avoid the ugliness of extremes.
All You Need is love:
Librans abhor nothing more than confrontation and fighting. It completely throws them out of whack. You know the saying "War is harmful to children and other living things"? This goes double for your Libran pooch. She's ultra-sensitive to conflict. A war-like home environment, discord, anger and injustice will flip her scales, so it's advisable to do everything you can to keep the peace around the home front. If you're a more tempestuous type of human, she'll happily give you a course in anger management, letting it all just roll off your back. What's worth getting so worked up about? For Venus-ruled Libra, having peace of mind is the highest virtue. Why sweat the small stuff? Life is so beautiful, so enjoyable, and so harmonious when we all just get along and love each other. Easy-going Libran doggie will teach you how to kick the trifles and petty problems with her pretty little heels. Anger is so unbecoming. This little love goddess Dog Star knows that beauty and harmony have to rule.
With Liberty and Justice and Doggie Treats for All:
Libran doggies can't stand seeing injustice. They'd weep over your morning Times if they knew how to read it. Don't try to hide it from them, though. They want to make the world a better place. You'll have to keep them informed, because they'll know intuitively when their Libran sense of fairness is needed. If she can get her paws on writings by Gandhi or MLK she'll beg you to read them to her at bedtime. This sweet little pup wants everyone to enjoy the good life. Watch your harmonious pup in action at the park. She'd never let another dog steal a toy or a bone from her friend. She won't fight though, she'll use more evolved tactics, such as barking diplomatically or convincing a human to come to her aid. She'd make a wonderful lawyer for the underdog. Intensely loyal and devoted to justice, if your Libran dog star feels you are being treated unfairly, she'll immediately start barking a well-thought, balanced argument in your defense.
If the Libra dog could talk, he or she would say:
HMMM, I can't make up my mind.
Do you like me?
Can you put some sugar on this kibble?
What a Libra dog wants in an owner:
The Pretty Partner:
Tell me a thousand times a day that I'm pretty! I need you to want me to go everywhere with you. We're a team: two peas in a pod, two bugs in a rug, two halves that make a whole. I want to do everything with you! Everything's better when we're together, don't you agree?! Oh, how I love someone chill, someone who can really go with the flow: just like me. I can't stand people who sweat the small stuff. What's worth getting so stressed out about anyway?
Fair and Square:
Okay, so I sometimes have a hard time making up my mind. I like a pleasantly decisive owner, as long as you choose well and fairly. I really need someone who understands how to keep things in perfect equilibrium. I will give you everything but please don't take advantage of my good nature. I can be a bit naïve and gullible but I'm no dummy. Don't underestimate my intelligence. I am a brilliant judge of character and will sense when you are treating me unfairly. I really need an owner who will do the "right" thing. If you try to skirt around the law or go against your conscience, it's going to affect my kidneys.
I love to be around people where I can flirt and flirt so if you're more of a wallflower, this may not be a love connection for me. I prefer a socialite, especially someone on the A-list so they can show off my beauty to other beautiful people who will call me "gorgeous" all the time. So, I'm a bit narcissistic; who isn't? I'm such a charmer: I'll have all of your friends and family wrapped around my little paw instantly. If you need to use me as a girl or boy magnet: I'm your dog! I attract people to me like bees to honey! If you don't charm them, I will!
October 23 - November 21
Symbol: The Scorpion
Healing Combo:Gemini and Aries
Most compatible with: Cancer, Pisces, Virgo, and Capricorn
What Scorpio dog daydreams about: Sharing all your deep, dark secrets late at night in the candle light; or helping you track down the clues of cheating ex-lover.
Keywords: passionate, mysterious, loyal, possessive, jealous, insightful
The 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.
Never underestimate the power of this mysterious canine. If you want a dog that would go to hell and back for you: this is the one. The Scorpio dog is shrewd, intense, and religiously devoted to those she deems worthy; and she expects nothing less from you. If you think that having the ability to stand on two legs means you can sneak anything past her: think again. The Scorpio will see right through you and by golly, you'll feel it. Fiercely possessive and beyond jealous, should you fail to show a Scorpio pup your undivided attention she may resort to giving you the silent treatment: or at least you'll feel a shortage of licks for a while. You'll have to prove your undying love and regain her trust.
Snoop Doggie Dog:
This passionate pooch has a strong lust for life, but beware of the skeletons in her dog carrier. This magnetic pooch likes to live a little bit on the edge. Notice how she jumps into the street without looking or tries to pick fights with other dogs just to see what they're made of. Or maybe she sneaks people food or snoops in your closets when you're not at home. Whatever it is, she gets a thrill out of getting into whatever is off limits. The Scorpio is so sly and you'd never guess it. She seems so innocent and angelic on the surface, how could such a sweetie pie ever do any harm? Play a game of roll over and you might find a little underbelly to your precious pup. See that sly grin, that devious look in the eyes? Look behind the couch: you'll probably find some hidden accoutrements that your dear one has snagged when you least expected it. This smarty-pants pup is also a sneaky Pete.
It's true that all dogs are supposed to love you unconditionally — and that's all fine and good — but you'll have to take extra good care of this one. Super-sensitive Scorpio doggies need oodles of reassurance from you to feel truly loved. Their worst fear is that someday you'll take them for granted or grow luke warm in your affection for them. This dog star is so passionate about everything, and they feel it if you start to detach from them even the slightest bit. They may have no choice but to protect their feelings by becoming aloof and distant from you too. Only a Scorpio dog could give you a bit of a cold shoulder or harbor any secret doggie fantasies of revenge. But that's just when their feelings get hurt, they would rather be your little angel and show you how they would risk any danger to demonstrate their undying devotion for you. A Scorpio dog has the potential to be deeply wounded. Like the Phoenix from the ashes, she can raise herself up from adversity, but if you want to test her resolve you might just find this pup running away from home or chasing moving cars. Be forewarned: this dog has a fearless edge and likes to flirt with danger. Keep her on a tight leash should you notice any daredevil behaviors from this hardcore pooch.
If the Scorpio dog could talk, he or she would say:
It's midnight, let's go out.
I'm the only one who'd walk across the fire for you
Stop playing it so safe. Life was meant to be lived on the edge.
What's she hiding under there?
What a Scorpio dog wants in an owner:
Dog or Die:
Would you die for me? Don't give me any flim-flam devotion: I want the kind of owner who would sacrifice everything in my name. I'd give you nothing less in return. I'll forsake all others to worship the ground you walk on with religious fervor. If you're the type who gets all gaa-gaa with your dog or treats her in a condescending manner, then I ain't the one, honey. I hate baby talk. If you want to make me ill, raise your voice ten octaves and watch my fur crawl. Let's be straight: I am the Real Deal, not some superficial fluff ball you can butter up with compliments. If you don't say what you mean and mean what you say, you'll leave me choice but to ignore you. Truth be told, I dig a sarcastic, sardonic wit in my owner. I want to know all your deep, dark secrets-you know the ones that you haven't dared to share with anyone else.
Ain't No Half-Steppin:
Please do your best to understand and appreciate my intensity. If you share in the same extreme likes and dislikes, we're going to get on famously. If you're one of those middle ground, middle-path, Buddha-loving moderate types, it ain't gonna work, my friend. I don't do halfway, half-assed, half-hearted wishy-washy blasé blasé. And please, if you're the type that has to fawn over every four-legged furry friend to cross your path, you'll drive me to an early grave. I'm sorry, but I'm just too doggone jealous to share your attention even for a second. Please don't torture me like that. It's all or nothing with me, kid.
Oh, and how I would adore an owner who's pretty much a carbon copy of me: a nocturnal creature who isn't afraid of the dark. I want you to take me out prowling at night with you, to explore the hidden, the forbidden, the forsaken leaving no stone unturned. But when I'm at home I need low-light, shades down, and privacy plus. I prefer to sleep during the day and roam the night. Prepare yourself for some major resistance should you need to wake me up at the crack of dawn for one of those God-forsaken sunrise walks. Unless we've decided to keep vigil all night together, it's going to take some extra coaxing and treats to turn me into such an early bird darling.
I'll let you in on a little secret (my favorite expression): I admire an owner who isn't afraid to delve into the depths of their psyche-nothing superficial but deep where the skeletons reside. Even if you refuse to do so, I will be. I need to know what really makes my owner tick. Oh yes, and please please please read me psychological thrillers or murder mysteries, it makes my fur crawl with delight. Either that or let's analyze our subconscious dreams and fears, just keep it deep with me.
November 22 - December 21
Symbol: The Archer
Healing combo: Taurus and Cancer
Most compatible with: Libra, Aquarius, Aries, and Leo
What a Sag dog dreams about: The emerald green grass on the other end of the rainbow ... with the biggest dog runway and his own private jet.
Keywords: gregarious, fun-loving, optimistic, adventurous, free-spirited, goofy, clumsy
The Personality Snapshot:
The Sag dog needs the open air convertible rides.
The Sag dog needs constant excitement and greener pastures.
The Sag dog needs to bark it like it is.
The Sag dog needs positivity and joy.
The Sag dog needs the carnival and the parades.
The Sag dog needs rainbows to chase and dreams to dream.
The Sag dog needs to travel long distances.
The Sag dog needs freedom.
The Sag dog loves to explore, know and understand.
Like a comet with a furry tail, Sagittarius is the luckiest Dog Star in the zodiac. This cheerful Pollyanna of a pup will be like the steadily burning fire of the household. Forget your gloom and doom mentality: A Sag prefers to look on the bright side and think positive thoughts. Yes, she is forever chasing bees and rainbows but that's what makes her so contagious. And besides, she actually finds the gold at the end — even after the Capricorn and Scorpio doggies look at her skeptically. The Sag dog doesn't care; she knows that if she can dream about it, it's possible. She loves sprinting through the dog runs and parks of life's promises, especially because it gives her an excuse to be outdoors. Sag can't stand to be caged for even one second. This pup was born to be wild and born to run — even if she trips over her own two front paws once in awhile (Sag's are famously clumsy little creatures). Her boundless enthusiasm, a certain joie de vivre, is the envy of the other brooding dog stars. She loves all things foreign and expects you to take her on frequent long-distance overseas trips. She needs to expand her horizon. Sure, she suffers from the grass is greener complex, but that just means she needs longer walks to explore what's just over yonder. Then she can return home knowing that she really prefers her own back yard.
This dog never slows down. She's got an agenda and it's called Living with a capital L. Life is a holiday complete with fantastic adventures and doggie treats 365 days a year. Sag needs plenty of room to roam. She'll prefer country living with expansive grounds to explore. If you're not careful, this roaming pooch might wander off and dig her way to China. Like the Gemini Dog Star, this dog goes stir crazy in an instant. Make sure you give her major breathing space. Don't box a Sag dog in a room the size of your shower or she will literally start to climb the walls or assault you by barking swear words through her teeth when you come home — unless you're going to coop this dog up in a pet carrier from time to time and actually go somewhere. The Sag dog would really adore you if you'd let her ride in the main cabin with you. She wants to see out the window; she wants to see everything! The Sag pooch has big dreams, grand visions of vacations and more vacations. Speak to her in a foreign language and she'll melt.
A Wise Dog Knows He's a Fool:
If Shakespeare wrote a play about dogs, the Sag would be the fool. She'd gladly dance around wagging a bell on her tail. Sag dogs love parties, amusement parks, carnivals and the circus: anything that's fun and larger than life. Don't you know life is for smiling, laughing and pleasure? A Sag will teach you how it's done. Forget your human worries and take a jog around the park, a nonstop flight to Europe and back, a trek across the Himalayas — why, this dog would love to be an astronaut's best friend. Or if you don't have a travel budget, why not throw a block party for her and all of her puppy friends? But don't forget to play world music and stuff the pinatas full of Greenies. Sag dogs have a real extravagant streak and do not believe in moderation — especially when it comes to food. Don't be surprised if she has an ever-expanding girth to match her boundless nature. True free spirits in every sense, you'll notice that she doesn't take well to training or being told what to do. For a Sag doggie, it's her way or the highway. You'll have to go with the flow or she'll develop a canine hitchhiker's thumb. She can't stand the feeling of restraint. Freedom or bust!
If the Sagittarius dog could talk, he or she would say:
I've never been to Singapore.
Whoops, put my paw in my mouth again.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease — and the squeaky dog gets the treats!
What a Sagittarius dog wants in an owner:
I need a fellow free spirit, a lover of the open road — my very own Jack Kerouac. If you've racked up a zillion frequent flyer miles, I'll adore you. You can take me with you on all of your overseas trips. We'll stay in the finest exotic hotels and see all the sights. I'll be the dog companion of your roaming gypsy soul. I need a human with a large, open space: preferably in a woodsy area where I can sniff around without getting bored. I can't stand being locked up in small spaces with no windows. I need outdoor access! I want to lie in the grass with you and stare at the big blue sky. Do you love nature as much as I do? Will you take me camping with you? If you have an RV or a convertible I think we are destined for each other.
Are you a philosopher or a deeply spiritual human? I totally dig that. Do you like to rock out? I'm down with that. I'm a little bit Country and a little bit Rock n' Roll. Are you a little bit of a gypsy or a hippie? For us, life will be like one grand Celebrity cruise. Then again, if you're all work and no play, you'll make me one pathetic pooch. Vacation is my middle name — I live for the festivities. Don't you dare dampen my spirits with your pessimistic notions: Who says life has to be hard (some Capricorn Dog Star probably)? I say life is meant to be savored like the finest wine. Some may accuse me of being some Pollyanna pooch, always seeing the bright side and chasing rainbows when I'm not chasing my own tail. The more optimistic you are, the more I wag.
Policy of Truth:
I need an owner who will come home when she says she will. Truth is the most important virtue a human being could possibly have in my book so if I catch you feeding me even little white lies, I'll give you the sad puppy eyes to let you know I'm disappointed that you did not tell the truth. The more honest, and forthright you live your life, the more I bark for joy! I can spot a liar and a thief from miles away so if you don't want me growling, don't bring any sheister characters around our honest home s'il vous plait.
December 22 - Januray 19
Symbol: The Goat
Healing combo: Gemini and Leo
Most compatible with: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces
What a Capricorn dog dreams about: A high position in life-preferably the pent house. Being the CEO of the dog run.
Keywords: ambition, high-standards, status, discipline, tradition, structure, rules, limits, authority, duty, responsibility, practical
The 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.
The Louis Vuitton of Dog Stars, Capricorn wants nothing more than status and success. This dog screams gold; she'd outdo any contestant on "The Apprentice" with her business acumen. She prefers to live in high-rises in big cities like big corporate execs. A Capricorn is high-end dog. Her motto is "always go first cabin." She works hard to earn her prestige — so you'd better treat her right. Superbly disciplined, this focused poochie could teach slacker humans a thing or two about getting their ducks in order. She is the canine master of time and space. Time is money and she will teach you how to spend both wisely. She has big dreams and lofty ambitions. She wants to earn your respect through hard work and dedication. The Capricorn dog doesn't laugh too often, they smirk: their signature stoic look is just a sign of dignity and purpose. Don't mistake it for depression or a mood disorder and waste time trying to cheer her up by buying her expensive treats and doggie toys. Look closely and you'll see the twinkle in her eye. Life is a game; she just appears to take it all seriously. Inside she is laughing all the way to the doggie bank.
Crack that whip:
If you haven't figured it out yet, the Capricorn Dog Star has extremely high standards. Of course, more clueless humans will fail to meet them. If she appears to be judging you ruthlessly in their little furry heads, she probably is. Get used to it. The cosmos have sent you your very own taskmaster; this ethical pooch would never let you out of work to go golfing. You'd better get it together with this dog monitoring your every move. A Capricorn is bred from the highest moral order and will expect the same of you. She won't appreciate any skimping on their well-deserved long walks in their Gucci Carrier. She works hard for you and expects to be reimbursed accordingly. Soon she'll be asking for a promotion from yucky dog bed — to sofa — to your bed because of their spotless record. She thrives on positive reinforcement, so be sure to give her serious acknowledgment for her good behavior. The sure-fire way to a Capricorn doggie's heart is with a good upgrade.
A Capricorn dog star never messes in the house, chews furniture or barks for no reason. She is self-possessed, self-contained, elegant and poised. The Capricorn seems to get younger as they get older because they have a guilt-free conscience. Everything is out in the open and above-board with this pragmatic pooch. She won't even sneak food when you're not looking. She'll wait for your approval instead. She lives by the highest moral order and will very often be the role model for less evolved doggies to follow. Other dog owners will marvel at how precocious and wise your Capricorn dog star is. Without uttering a bark, this sage of a dog speaks volumes with the timeless knowledge in her eyes. You'll never have to worry about inculcating this dog into the ways of civilized behavior because dignity and reserve are like second nature.
Obey Your Master:
This dog is the most patient and mature of all the Dog Stars — so thank your lucky stars that you got yourself such an effortless gem of a canine. This dog can practically take care of herself. This Dog Star is so adult, you may sometimes wonder if your Capricorn child is parenting you and not the other way around. She provides her owner with a reassuring, steady-and-solid-as-a-rock sensibility. Just being around this dog suddenly makes you want to pay your bills on time and start your own fortune 500 business. Certainly this Dog Star has come to inspire you to achieve much greater prominence in your career than you ever thought possible. That's because she is sending you subtle subliminal coaching 24-7 — like your very own Anthony Robbins on four legs.
If the Capricorn dog could talk, he or she would say:
I'll do whatever it takes to get to the top.
Time is precious. I can't believe you're making me wait for this walk.
We need a plan here.
What a Capricorn dog wants in an owner:
I need a gentleman's gentleman. My ideal is a real sophisticated metrosexual. I prefer male to female owners, but if you're a lady I expect you to be well groomed, poised and the CEO of your company. Slackers truly get under my fur. I need someone who appreciates living a very devout and disciplined existence. There is no time like the present and the devil will find work for idle hands are my two favorite mottos. I can't abide by someone who tries to live without any moral code. Anarchy is my worst fear. I revere tradition in conduct and furnishings.
I need someone who believes in hard work and as a result is successful — you know — well to do so you can afford to give me the finest dog bed, designer carriers and gourmet dog food. I need to live a civilized existence preferably in a penthouse or large estate. I scoff at poor manners and other such tacky displays by the more ignorant doggies or humans. If you must know, I secretly love shopping with you in the finest department stores. Please don't forget to spray some of that designer fragrance on me. Beautiful workmanship makes me feel that the world is a safe place. It's all about the quality with me. I don't care how many cheap imitations you own: I want the real thing. I need someone with the highest standards: my worst fear is mediocrity. Poverty and homelessness is a close second. My doggie soul is used to a dignified life. I have been around the block enough times to know.
If you run a tight ship, you're my kind of parent. I appreciate the kind of human who has a totally reliable rhythm. I want to be able to set my doggie watch by you. You never keep me hanging or questioning whether you will come through for me. Of course, I'm too self-contained to play the victim so should you forget to feed me, I'll patiently wait for you to figure out your big debauch. I'm not one to name names but I do take notice. Deep down I believe I could do a better job than most adult humans — if only I was given the opportunity, I'd knock your socks off. I'll respect you forever if you stick to your routine and act like the most upstanding parent possible.
January 20 - February 18
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Healing Combo: Cancer and Virgo
Most compatible with: Gemini, Libra, Aries, and Sagittarius
What an Aquarian dog daydreams about: A house full of the most wonderful freaks and geeks imaginable. A dog run full of friendsters.
Keywords: eccentric, independent, free-thinker, radical, friendly, people-lover, unpredictable, aloof, erratic, nervous, high-strung
The 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.
The Original Man's Best Friend:
Everyone wants the Aquarius dog to be his or her best friend. So effortlessly cool and easy to get along with, they'll love you regardless of age, race, background or class. The weirder the better as far as an Aquarius Dog Star is concerned. Equal parts genius and equal parts doggie, this is the quirkiest and most easily lovable companion on the block. Though this pooch might seem aloof at first meeting, soon you'll see she has the most genuine spirit you could want in a best friend. She's always up for adventures and is knowledgeable about most things technical and cares deeply about humanitarian issues. If you need help downloading ringtones, want to talk about international politics or need a companion for the next big rally, an Aquarius is the dog for you. Like a Libra, the Aquarius wants everyone to get along. The more the merrier is easily her motto. She'll be loyally devoted but don't expect the Aquarius to smother you with affection like the devoted Leo might. She's content just sitting by your side, practicing mental telepathy or trying to figure out the next big innovation. It's no wonder so many Aquarians are in the hall of fame. They receive streaks of genius from out of nowhere. If you see your pooch off in space, don't try to reign her back because she is most likely just figuring out the next discovery in Quantum physics. This doggie will forever keep you on your toes. You'll never quite know what to expect but life is one happy, bizarre string of random surprises to keep life interesting.
Barking to the Beat of My Own Drummer:
This dog stands out from the crowd with her unique signature style. The best way to spot an Aquarius dog star is by the quirky, off-beat style whether it's an outlandish dog collar, or eccentric doggie mannerisms. Your Aquarian dog star might even twitch or have sudden bursts of energy where she shoots around the house like a bolt of lightening. Expect the unexpected with this outlandish pooch. They live by their own weirdo rules that change for no apparent rhyme or reason. Don't' try to figure this doggie out, because it's utterly impossible. This dog defies the laws of normal human gravity and logic — you'd have to be a rocket scientist yourself to truly decode the brilliant behaviors of this mad scientist dog. You see, Aquarian doggies are simply light years ahead of the rest of us mere mortals, so the best you can hope for is that some of her oddball genius will rub off on you when you bathe and brush her. Watch and learn, you'll uncover the secrets to the universe.
An Aquarius dog is a four-legged megabyte of information. They're astonishingly bright: if only they came with a printer. Like little Greek philosophers and modern intuitives rolled into one, they're tech geniuses; heck, they could probably fix your computer if you'd let them. When they appear to be napping they're actually downloading every nano-bit of information floating through the ether at that moment in time. It's as if these pups have internal wires connecting them directly to the information super highway. Their thoughts are light years ahead of other less-evolved doggies. All pups are unique, but the Aquarius seems like an entirely different species sent from an as-yet-undiscovered planet. They're like a blinking neon sign in a world full of run-of-the-mill painted storefronts, like a solar-powered mini on a road full of gas-guzzling SUVs, the polka-dotted pooch in a park full of solid-colored pups. They march to the beat of their own doggie drummer and will want to wear the most bizarre doggie costumes while they're doing it. Born rebels, they aren't fully happy unless they're stirring up the status quo. Nothing's more fun than shocking the socks off of you.
Don't Cramp My Style Buddy:
Sometimes the Aquarius dog's independence makes it seem like she needs nothing from you, but don't let that fool you. She needs people, minus the ones who would smother her to death. This dog prefers a nice casual group of punk rockers, hippies, social activists and girl and guy next door's to pal around with. She isn't one of those possessive one on one types. She's happy knowing her best bud is nearby, but she'd prefer not to smell your human breath. Let her drift off into her own astral plane and glean the latest insights that will take the rest of humanity decades longer to understand. This people-person dog loves groups — the more the better! She'd join doggie science clubs and humane societies and political parties if she could. Aquarius dogs like to herd everyone together. They're highly civilized but unconventional: a big fur ball of contradictions. One minute they'll seem like the most average Joe dog and the next minute like a genius freak from Mars. In any case, good luck finding a more conscious and conscientious canine. They're really here to save humanity from its own stupidity. Let this wise old dog teach you some new tricks.
If the Aquarius dog could talk, he or she would say:
E=MC squared, dude.
Can't fool me.
No blood for oil! Save the baby seals!
What an Aquarius dog wants in an owner:
Blind Me with Science:
You model your personality after my hero, Bill Maher. In other words, you're not afraid to go against the establishment and really speak your mind — and with a brilliant sense of humor if you will. You're a leader, not a follower: a real individual, true to yourself with quirks and all. You don't give a fig what other people think about you. You do your own thing because that is who you are. You're not afraid of getting into trouble: you challenge authority. You'll let me pee in forbidden places or walk on the neighbor's lawn just to test the limits of convention. You know that rules were meant to be broken. You're experimental: you even like to dye my hair pink or give me a Mohawk. I'm a tech freak so you'd better love gadgets, electronics, and buy me a plasma TV and take photos of me on the latest digital camera. I love watching television with you, but if you opt for the lowbrow nonsense news channels, we need to have a discussion! If you watch Real Time with my hero, we're set. I don't like mindless sitcoms either; I want to watch intelligent documentaries on Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel. If you're the kind of down-to-earth and sensibly logical human being with decent morals, we'll get on great. I'm looking for a real buddy, a pal, a person who truly knows the definition of friendship. If you have a lot of interesting and strange friends yourself — all the better. I thrive in a crowd, and hope that you would consider my friends your friends, and your friends my friends. In other words, it's important that your friends have lots of pooches for me to play with. I prefer not to be an only pooch if you can help it. But if so, please be sure to take me to plenty of doggie social outings, ice cream socials, and dog run mixers. I need to make friends and influence people. My tail starts to droop when I'm deprived of social stim for too long. Please, I beg of you, don't isolate me. I need people, and more people and doggies and more doggies. Oh and as a little aside, I dig it when you dress me up in loud and eccentric doggie clothing. The wilder and more rebellious the better. I love loud prints and funky dog collars that make people go "hmmm." Whatever you do, please don't dress me like the other dogs on the block. I must, repeat must be my own dog.
February 19 - March 20
Symbol: The Fish
Healing Combo: Leo and Libra
Most compatible with: Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus, and Capricorn
What a Pisces dog daydreams about: nirvana, sleep-a-thons, trips to the ocean, and saving humanity
Keywords: dreamy, fantasy, shy, empathic, compassion, imaginative, messy, creative, spiritual, great dancer
The 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.
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily…:
Life is a dream, or at least an eternal snooze when it comes to your Pisces pup. Don't count on this doggie to be your alarm clock. She'd prefer it if you hit the snooze button a few zillion times. This precocious pup can teach you the deepest spiritual lessons without uttering a word ("He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know" By Lao Tzu). If you want to witness unconditional love and empathy in action, observe the saintly behaviors of your divine canine friend. This chilled out Piscean dog star will show you what it truly means to relax and let your mind drift downstream.
To Be a Dog or Not to Be, That is the Question…:
The Pisces doggie is as poetic as Shakespeare: like Will, she knows that life is but a stage where grown-ups simply don strange costumes and act like a bunch of egotistical lunatics trying to out-do one another. The innocent Pisces Dog Star has no interest in competition or worldly stresses. She is the least ambitious of dog stars. The Pisces pup is here to remind you not to fall prey to the snares of illusion and delusion. She only wants to love and be loved in return and she hopes the same for you, dummy. Consider this four-legged furry friend your Guru and wake up to the deep teachings of unconditional love and forgiveness. If that's too Chopra for you, at least get a grip and stop taking this life so seriously. Dream or die.
Sure, all dogs spend a good portion of their lives catching zzz's but this dog treats sleep like a religion. Unlike most dogs that jump up in ecstasy should you merely spell the W-word as in W-A-L-K, the Pisces will burrow themselves in further under the covers hoping you won't dare interrupt her dream time. Dreaming is what she does best. Should you catch your little Pisces Dog Star dreaming of deep-sea diving as strange gurgling, water-bubble sounds abound in the midst of her dreamtime, just chalk it up to her vivid imagination. Lord only knows where she might have traveled while all snuggled up in her favorite doggie bed. She might even astral travel in her sleep, which means she can go spy on your Aunt June's dog or connect with other dogs across the continent. She has even been known to do some long distance healing on people in crisis or trauma. This mystical doggie is as deep as the ocean.
Oh, and we should probably mention that the Pisces dog is a psychic sponge if not totally telepathic. She totally picks up the vibes in the household and people. If you need someone to sniff out whether your latest date is trustworthy or a good character, watch your psychic pup in action. They'll have ways of letting you know if the new stranger in the home is to be trusted or sent to the curb. Oh, and definitely watch what you think. She does. She can read your mind and moods and contact the deceased like her name was Sylvia Browne. If she seems a bit skittish or paranoid, it's just her hypersensitivity. Handle this darling with the utmost care; the Pisces dog is a truly mystical being. The more you meditate and sleep late, the happier your little Swami will be. She is ultra-sensitive to the surrounding atmosphere so be sure to give your beloved Pisces pooch sweet music; beautiful candles and a running fountain if you don't live near the ocean (she adores the sound of water). You'll kill her with the mundane and the blasé.
The Pisces dog believes she is here to save you and the rest of the unenlightened do-do heads out there. She is plugged into the ethereal realms, where all the doggie angels and guides hang out. She will give you endless supplies of spiritual nourishment just by her own highly evolved displays of patience, forgiveness and understanding. Should you see your little Jesus doggie bearing a cross, quickly trade it for a milk bone dog biscuit to prevent any serious displays of martyrdom. But seriously, this doggie would do anything to make your life easier and your soul happier. She lives to serve and sacrifice for those she loves. In fact, she loves you so completely that she may not know where she ends and you begin.
If the Pisces dog could talk, he or she would say:
Pull those shades back down. I'm light sensitive.
Okay … just 5 more minutes, I swear, I'll get up.
This place could soooo use a little glamour.
What a Pisces dog wants in an owner:
Somewhere a Place for Us:
I want my soul mate! Aren't there any gentle souls left in this cold, hard world? If you're a crazy type A personality and/or up at the crack of dawn, puhleeez, pretty please: don't pick me. You'll ruin my idea of a fantasy world in .00003 seconds. Dearly beloved, I need my beauty rest and then some more. You see, I have much more to process than the average dog because I see and feel everything as if it were happening to me. Sleep is my medicine, my cure, my salvation. If this is going to work between us, please do your best to understand my undying quest to uncover the subtle complexities of my unconscious. I need someone who will appreciate how spiritual sleeping can be. Let's analyze my dreams together and then paint and do some dance therapy. I could listen to sweet music 24-7, that and movie marathons. Any excuse to curl up and do nothing but turn my doggie thoughts off and take off to another reality. I'm a dreamer by nature and prefer someone who will let me keep my illusions, and make this a heaven on earth complete with aromatherapy balm for my fur, endless petting and pet pampering plus.
Care of the Soul:
I need a guide (never say owner) who lives according to the dictates of their soul. If that sounds too deep, you are probably not the one for me. I am super-sensitive and need you to appreciate how vulnerable this world makes me feel. I prefer to live away from toxic places with too many people or too much noise. I'd be psyched if it could be just the two of us. I don't do well with large groups of people or families because I totally absorb the energy and vibes in the room — for real, I do. I'd be happy to live in a small cottage near the ocean or in a fabulous hipster pad with glamour galore. It's all about the glamour; I have a particular love for Lucite and Phillip Stark furniture. If you happen to be the pragmatic type, you might drive me to drink. I need an ideal atmosphere that encourages my mind to wander to blissful and fantastic places. The more Salvador Dali the better.
Chaos is the Highest Level of Organization:
I prefer the messy variety when it comes to owners. Ya see, it makes more sense to me to mess up my dog bed and all your stuff too while I'm at it. I can find my bones and toys better in a mess than when everything is too neat and tidy. I love an owner who functions well in chaos. The less structured you are, the better. Discipline makes me suddenly develop an extreme case of narcolepsy. I believe in going with the flow and letting things evolve of their own accord. As one of my favorite spiritual dogs once told me, "Let the thing announce itself" — rather than push the issue. Rigidity makes me extremely paranoid I'll have you know. I'm fine with random walks, and extra naps. But throw me into some kind of doggie boot camp and I'm likely to have a doggie breakdown. I'm fragile so I need someone who will handle me with the utmost care.