Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas


If you’re like me, you’ve probably broken or at least cheated on your New Year’s resolutions already. Good news, you have a second chance to look forward to the new year again, Chinese New Year that is, which falls on February 18th 2007. The Chinese have a twelve year astrology cycle, represented by 12 animals. Here’s a look at what this Chinese New Year of the Pig will hold for you. If you want more info on your Chinese horoscope, your animal personality and which zodiac sign you are, go to

Born In The Year Of The Pig (1971, 1983, 1995)
It’s your time! Shake off the past and look to what this special year will bring for you. Set new goals, try new routines, anything fresh will work out for you. The only past you should be dwelling on is a former love – this is the year when you will find harmony about a past sentimental encounter. It may not necessarily mean rekindling an old love, so don’t call your high school sweetheart! It could be something as simple as finally finding closure over an unfinished relationship. And if you’re ready for your fresh start, take the leap by making new friends. Go to one of Tails Of Santa Monica’s Yappy Hour:

Thursdays starting in March
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tails Of Santa Monica
2912 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
phone: 310.392.4300


Born In The Year Of The Rat (1960, 1972, 1984)
You are going to enjoy a calm and serene year. All the different parts of your life will come together in harmony, with your social life mingling happily with your career goals. Perhaps you’ll make a career from partying! It’s also a year when money will be important, so be frugal, and indulge in simple pleasures. Get zen at a great price by pampering yourself and your pooch in a dog yoga session at Crunch Gym which starts in the Spring.

Crunch Gym
8000 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Born In The Year Of The Ox (1961, 1973, 1985)
You’re going to be lucky in love this year. Unfortunately, you’ll have to work a little harder to find amorous happiness. Perhaps having to go on every blind date that friends set up for you! Remember that you thrive on challenges. Also, old problems will disappear with wonderful support from friends and family. Return the love you receive in your karmic universe by giving generously to the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill shelter. Visit to sponsor a rescued kitten or puppy.


Born In The Year Of The Tiger (1962, 1974, 1986)
Quality of life first – that will be your mantra for this year. Take the time to smell the roses and suppress your killer instinct, especially at work. Let the small battles pass, walk away from minor aggravations, they’re not worth your energy. Instead, walk over to your favorite store for some shoe therapy. And don’t forget to get some cute booties for Fido too. Suede moccasins from Kwigy-Bo ( are the perfect fit.

Get them at Bloomingdale’s
3770 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Born In The Year Of The Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987)
This is party year for you, you’re going to be invited to all the best festivities. Make the most of your increased merry making by expanding your social circle. Be careful though, don’t let your active social activities lead you to overlook little details in your personal life. Always remember to call old friends, as you’re making new ones. Hop over to Fun Friends ( to get your bunny buddy so your phone calls will always be fun.


Born In The Year Of The Dragon (1964, 1976, 1988)
You have great plans this year, primarily finishing up old projects left over from previous years. Unfortunately, you’ll encounter a couple of obstacles which will prevent you from completing them. Relax, with this and everything else in your life, and you will be rewarded. New pals will become good friends, and some will be a little unconventional! Maybe you’ll find them at Animal Planet’s Pet Talk which hosts informed pet forums on everything animal related. Click on the Pet Talk tab at


Born In The Year Of The Snake (1965, 1977, 1989)
This year will be a high profile time for you, with your image and self esteem on the rise. A new project or activity will boost your self-confidence. Sounds like it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new outdoor exercise program. Don’t forget to bring your best activity pal with you – your dog. Your new activity will lead to great happiness in your love life too. Maybe your new glow will be an alluring attraction. Be sure you have a well-heeled dog when you enjoy these activities by picking up a copy of the ASPCA Complete Dog Training Manual at the ASPCA Online Store


Born In The Year Of The Horse (1966, 1978,1990)
This will be a green year for you, as in greenbacks! Your finances will be healthy so perhaps you should ask for that pay raise, you may just get it. You do have a tendency to dwell on your weaknesses, so make a determined effort to stop them from outweighing your strengths. Celebrate the year of the pig and your strengths by getting yourself a cute piggybank to save up your spare change. Pick up Posh Pig at an Urban Outfitters store or at


Born In The Year Of The Goat (1967, 1979, 1991)
This may be a difficult year for you, a year to face some painful truths about yourself. We all hate to do it, but you’ll have to take a good look at yourself in the mirror, so to speak. Try not to dwell on ideals or you will be disappointed. Instead, move forward with a balanced view of reality. This is a year to re-focus your goals and do some soul searching. Do it while on a weekend trip with Blue Sky Dogs, a pet friendly travel agency.Visit them at


Born In The Year Of The Monkey (1968, 1980, 1992)
You are naturally blessed with good luck anyway, but the mischievous monkey will have an especially lucky year. There are also going to be many opportunities to prove yourself, so go for it, and launch that project you had on the back burner. Start your own business perhaps? If you do, be wary that this is also a year where details will overwhelm you, so be sure to be super organized. Keep track of your notes with a Girl Monkey magnet whiteboard from


Born In The Year Of The Rooster (1969, 1981, 1993)
This is a creative year for you and you’ll be less secretive than usual. Sounds like that personal blog or podcast you’ve been shying from is going to become a reality. Let your imagination have free reign. This is also a year of compassion for you, so pick a worthwhile project like joining Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R — an initiative to make the world a better place for animals. There are numerous projects connected to this worthwhile program. Check them out at


Born In The Year Of The Dog (1970, 1982, 1994)
Keep secrets! This year is a time to keep your plans and opinions to yourself. There will be people around you who will betray you. Gossip will swirl around you, don’t get caught up in it. This is the year to put a muzzle on yourself! And if your furry friend gets a little yappy and needs a muzzle herself, get her a cute one at which will give her a dash of stylish color.


If you want more information on your Chinese horoscope, your animal personality, and which zodiac sign you are, go to

Originally published February 2007



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