The Chinese Zodiac sequence is a cycle which names animal signs that prevail over each 12 lunar year period. These include the Mouse, Buffalo, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig – in that order.
On 16 February 2018, we’ll be entering the year of the world’s most popular and well-loved pets.
Here are 5 pet owner dos and don’ts to welcome in the Year of the Dog:
1. Pamper your pup in 2018
It’s the Year of the Dog – which only comes around once every 12 years. Given the average lifespan of our buddies, most of them will, at most, see two of these special years dedicated to them! So, don’t hold back in showing them some love!
2. Make pet-focused resolutions
Whether it’s to take them on longer walks, out for swims, or just spend time lazing together, building a better relationship with your pet takes work, and resolve. If you can make a resolution to eat less sugar, or go to the gym, why not commit to quality time with your favourite fur-ball? There are also some great health benefits for you too! (Hint: Better stress coping, more exercise, etc.)
3. Consider adopting one for yourself
Dogs are awesome. If you don’t already have one, and are wondering what all the hype is about, maybe try fostering for a bit. In any case, as long as you don’t buy one from a puppy farm, opening your home to a dog that needs a family is a great way to do something good and celebrate the Year of the Dog. (Caveat to follow)
4. Adopt on a whim
Okay, so we’re advocating joining in the fun with a dog of your own. Just be sure to note that we said CONSIDER it, not run out and get one right away. Sadly, the Year of Dog has often seen increased puppy sales and adoptions (which is great!), but also a significant spike in dog abandonment cases in the years that follow. Make sure that isn’t you.
5. Treat this like any other year
While you don’t need a special year to be a great pet owner, sometimes we just need an excuse to rekindle our passion for our pets. If you have a dog in the family that’s slowly become forgotten, take this opportunity to make changes to the way that you interact with your pet. Think about the reasons that you got him or her in the first place, and how you felt when you did. (Then proceed to #2)
Let’s make this year a better year for dogs by following these simple steps. It doesn’t matter where you’re at with your dog right now. If you’re doing great, good for you! If not, just remember that with new years come new things!
Join us in celebrating the Year of the Dog by showing them you care.
And Happy Lunar New Year, Everyone!