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Pet Horoscopes - What's In The Stars For Your Pet

Oct 22, 2007
Astrology is mystical, different and unusual. Some people wonder...why? What is the appeal and/or validity of horoscopes and astrology? People all have different reasons for what interests them or what they believe. All personal opinions aside, dog horoscopes and dog astrology is an area that has grown in popularity throughout the years. There are books, magazines, pet newsletter and websites all offer pet daily, monthly, or birthday horoscopes. Some even provide in-depth analysis of dog character traits as a result of their astrological sign.

As I browsed through a few dog astrology books and visited numerous websites (I was visitor number 596,136 at one!), I have tried to understand the appeal of canine horoscopes. I understand how dog lovers who have an avid interest in astrology may be interested in dog astrology, but I have noticed the audience is much broader than simply people who have a passion for both astrology and their dogs.

I suppose if a person has a "problem-dog," they may look to astrology for help and understanding. If they know their dog's sign, they will be able to read up on their pet's strengths, weaknesses, desires, likes and dislikes so they may be able to understand their pet better and can thereby hope to fix the issues. They want to be able to understand what drives their pet to do what it does.

For example, I have found out the common personality trait of each zodiac sign for dogs. Here they are:

1. Aries: leader of the pack
2. Taurus: the strong and silent type
3. Gemini: the yapper
4. Cancer: the home-lover
5. Leo: the boss dog
6. Virgo: the helper
7. Libra: the shop steward
8. Scorpio: the paragon
9. Sagittarius: the problem-dog
10. Capricorn: the social climber
11. Aquarius: the friend
12. Pisces: the interpreter

Just as someone might go to the local bookstore out of curiosity to see how accurately they believe their zodiac sign depicts them, they may just take a look at the dog astrology section. After conducting some basic research, here is a rough list of 5 popular dog astrology books:

1. Cosmic Canines: The Complete Astrology Guide for You and Your Dog, by Marilyn
Macgruder Barnewall. (October 13, 1998).

2. Joyce Jillson's Astrology for Dogs by Joyce Jillson. (June 25, 2005).

3. Stardogs: Astrology for Dogs (And Owners), by Helen Hope. (May 2002).

4. Dog Stars: Astrology for Dog Lovers, by Sherene Schostak and Wendy Lam. (November 2, 2006)

5. Dogstrology: Interpret Your Pet's Star Sign, by Pat and Cat. (December 22, 2005).

Of course, another common theme of astrology is compatibility. Are you and your precious pet compatible? At websites or in books, all you normally need to do is list your zodiac sign, and the sign of your pet, and see the results. I suppose I thought all dog-lovers were generally compatible with their pet, but I may have been proved wrong.

I still am not sure about the validity of pet horoscopes, but many people believe strongly about it and will swear by it. The popularity is obvious; so there must be something to it, right? Go ahead and check it out. Even if you don't believe in astrology, it certainly is an interesting subject to examine. Happy horoscoping!
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