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Happy Chinese New Year to All the Dogs of Mainland Asia!

Friday, January 20th, 2012
Let’s celebrate the Shih Tzu, the Pug, the Pekinese, the Chow-Chow, the Shar Pei, the Chinese Crested, the Chinese Imperial, the Kunming Wolf Dog and all the ancient dogs of Mainland East Asia!  According to an article by Evan Price entitled “Chinese Dog Breeds- Symbols of Luck and Protection,” written for the e-zine “The Intelligent Pet” :

“The Chinese believe that dogs bring good “yang” energy into our homes. They create bright, positive, active energy and provide us with comfort and security.”

Yang energy comes from ancient Chinese Taoist thinking.  Yang energy is warm, brave, shining and forward.  Like the warm sun, dogs encourage happiness and activity. A dog gets you up out of your chair to play with a toy, out the door to enjoy nature, out and about in the world to meet others and make new friends.  As we say in our book “The Journey of the Shih Tzu,” dogs start every day with optimism.  Yang energy is especially important in the cold months of winter when Yin energy freezes the earth into darkness and cold quiet.  Everybody needs the dog’s bark and wag to keep the mood bright and the fun flowing.  This radiant dog energy is one reason why dogs make such good therapists.  Patients always feel better after spending time with a sweet-tempered dog.

While the dog is a member of the Chinese Zodiac, the next dog year won’t be until 2018.  This New Year is the Year of the Dragon, and the Dragon has some similar characteristics to the Dog, according to Chinese mythology. Both are symbols of the earth and encourage growth and development in a nurturing environment.  Both are symbols of high energy and health.  (Yes, we do aknowledge that, philosophy aside, in real life, it isn’t always an advantage to be a dog in China, but where security, comfort and peace have prevailed, being a dog has not always been bad.)

So, if you have a dog in the house at this time of the year, let him or her do what dogs do best. Allow the bright Yang energy of the dog to keep you moving and optimistically looking forward to each new adventure.  As the Chinese say, “Xin Nian Kuai Le!” (Sin nian quai leh) Or “Be happy in the New Year!”

Special thanks to our friend Kellie of Three Rivers Holistic Veterinary Services in Madison, NJ for suggesting this topic.

On February 13-14, look for the fabulous breeds of Mainland Asia, proudly representing themselves in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.  A short history of each breed is always included in the show commentary.  The dogs that came from Himalayan Asia are possibly the oldest breeds in the world, according to an article in “Science Magazine” from 2002 by P. Savolainen (et all) (v 298, p 61). When you see them strut their fluffy stuff in the conformation show ring, keep in mind, there’s more to the dogs of Mainland Asia than a pretty face.  These dogs are ancient, wise, strong and forbearing.  Or as we say every chance we get, you just can’t go wrong with a Shih Tzu!

An illustration for Raja's book: The Shih Tzu was a special pet of the Manchu Emperors.