52 Fridays - Year of the Dog
Today is Chinese New Year and 2018's Chinese zodiac symbol happens to be the Earth Dog. Here are some fun facts about the Year of the Dog.
Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. Some of the best traits of human nature are used to describe our furry companions and these traits are supposedly passed on to people born in the Year of the Dog. They are honest, friendly, faithful, smart, straightforward, and often have a strong sense of responsibility. (Sound familiar?)
If you were born between Feb 4th and Feb 3rd (of the following year) during 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018, then you were born under the sign of the Dog. You also have something in common with these famous people: Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Herbert Hoover, Golda Meir, Voltaire, Marcel Proust, George Gershwin, Jane Goodall, Socrates, Prince William, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Biel, Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst, LeAnn Rimes, Queen Latifah, Shirley McLaine, Susan Sarandon, Uma Thurman, Andre Agassi and Confuscius. (Not a bad crown to run with if you ask me.)
If one of your kids brings home a stray, you might want to think before you say no to keeping it. A dog will bring good fortune to those who bring them into their home this year.
The Chinese word for the barking sound – 旺旺 wàng wàng – actually means “prosperous prosperous" and barking dogs are considered to bring prosperity and wealth to one's house. (I honestly don't know if Dash's bark is worth the possibility of early retirement or not.)
And, in case you plan to buy a lottery ticket you might like to know that the numbers 3, 4, and 9, as well as other numbers that contain these, are lucky numbers for people born in the year of the Dog.
I went to a four-day power packed photographer's conference in Cedar Rapids this past week and had a great time making new friends and learning from some of the top photographers in the nation. Since it left me with very little time to come up with a unique picture of the dogs for this post, I've made you a little Chinese New Year's gift instead. It's printable on standard 8.5x11 paper or card stock. Simply click on the image. Hope you like it. :O)
If you'd like, please continue around the blog circle by starting with Tim Evans of Tim Evans Photography - photographing people and pets throughout south Mississippi. Have a great week!
2/16/2018 08:14:11 am
Adorable calendar! And how fun you were able to spend some time at a photographer conference - it's always a great way to recharge the batteries :)
2/16/2018 08:52:58 am
Kirsten, it was my first conference. I had a blast!
2/16/2018 08:38:56 am
Woot woot - we adopted a rescue in January.... bring on the good fortune. and if that good fortune was actually in the financial sense, that would be even better. hehe!
2/16/2018 08:53:27 am
They call that a win-win, KIm. ;)
2/16/2018 11:03:37 am
Very cute image. I was up until 2am last night finishing up my post!
2/16/2018 12:29:39 pm
Thank you for the great gift! I will use it. Lovely post.
I love my little gift; thank you! Don't you just love making new friends through education? Every time I sign up for a new workshop my husband always asks, "Haven't you learned all that already?". The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no - but I still enjoy the journey of education and the friends I meet along the way.
2/17/2018 09:50:09 pm
Thank you for the gift! I’ll print it out😀. Sounds like you’ve had a busy, fun and informative week! Just the best.
2/20/2018 11:09:36 am
Thank you - what a lovely idea!
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