I'd like to think that the Chinese New Year is something more than a colorful celebration or a calendar change. I’d like to think these next 12 months will be largely shaped by all things dog—it is our year, after all. And while every year is the Year of the Dog for Fido folks, stellar canine qualities are what will make these dog days extra special.
Loyalty: There is no denying that dogs are just about the most loyal beings on Earth. Whether we’re barking at the mailman or showing your dysfunctional boyfriend the door—true story—we’re always there for you and will be by your side through thick and thin. No matter what.
Sympathy/Empathy: Dogs, as anyone who’s ever shared space with one knows, can read emotions. I’m always cued into my mom’s feelings and can tell with certainty if she’s over the moon or under the weather. And if she’s having a ruff day, I’m there, ready to lend a paw, share a snuggle or rest my chin on her knee. Dogs will do anything for the person they think is most important.
Kindness: Dogs are generally good-natured creatures. We do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest treasures. All we need is a quiet life, a cozy spot on the couch and a good family to help us forget the ugliness and evil on Earth. If you show love and kindness, we will be the ultimate selfless companion.
Intelligence: You may not realize it, but dogs are actually puzzle-solving, mind-reading geniuses. There’s much more going on in our brains than just bacon and squirrels. … mmm, bacon … OK, I’m back. In fact, dogs can understand about 165 words, possibly more with training! We know how to sit and stay, but have way more fun messing with you—sorry, not sorry. And just like you feel good when figuring out a complicated task, we get excited when we have the chance to solve a challenging problem, too. It’s not just a clever scam to make you give us treats—though we do love treats—we are way smart!
Playfulness: We can’t blame you for skipping the gym this week or next week, you’re busy—we get it. Even though we work hard, we know how to take a break from the daily grind. Whether it’s ball-chasing or buddy-wrestling, we always have time for play to make life worth living.
The Chinese Horoscope predicts 2018 will be a good year. If anything, the Year of the Dog is all about creating opportunities, not only for you, but for those around you. Another’s success can actually be your success if you helped them along the way!
And if a dog happens to come to your house, consider yourself lucky. It’ll bring good fortune in the coming year, and the many years that follow—because that’s just what dogs do.
Davi the dachshund honors the Year of the Dog on Feb. 16.