The Old Farmer’s Almanac
By Celeste Longacre
Do you own a dog or a cat? Well! like people dogs and cats also have a zodiac, believe it or not.
December 22–January 19
Capricorn is the third and final earth sign of the astrological year; it represents the pinnacle of civilization. These pets are disciplined, dedicated, and hardworking. Pets born under this sign thrive on work such as herding and throw themselves into it with much gusto and resolve. Generally easy to train, they want something to do.
January 20–February 19
Aquarius is the third and final air sign of the astrological year. Pets born under this sign are inventive, freedom-oriented, and eccentric; they have a need to be different. These pets definitely have a will of their own, like to roam, and may or may not listen to you. There is intelligence there as well.
February 20–March 20
Pisces is the third and final water sign of the astrological year. Sympathetic, compassionate, understanding, and gentle, pets born under this sign are sensitive to their environment and should be trained with a light touch. They also feel more secure if they have their own “spot” (pillow, bed, perch, or rug).
March 21–April 20
Aries is the first of the fire signs; it represents the springtime of the zodiac—time for life’s budding renewal. Thus, pets born during this period are full of vim and vigor, anxious to be out and about exploring their world. You can count on these pets to be headstrong, pushy, curious, impulsive, and energetic.
April 21–May 20
Taurus is the first of the earth signs; it represents the planting of the seed. Taurus pet personalities are stalwart, earthy, practical, and stubborn. Pets born under this sign are generally strong and fond of comfort, love food, and like things to stay the same.
May 21–June 20
Gemini is the first of the air signs; it represents the breezes that prepare us for a new season. Pets born under this sign love diversity, are always moving about, and are intelligent and fun-loving. Curious about everything, they are also friendly and playful, and love to have toys.
June 21–July 22
Cancer is the first of the water signs, representing the realm of the emotions. Cancer pets are sensitive, extremely loyal to home and family, caring, and fond of food. These animals tend to attach themselves firmly to you and will guard and protect you faithfully.
July 23–August 22
Leo is the second fire sign: strong, magnanimous, and playful. Leo pets want to lead, have lots of energy, and—like their totem, the lion—have their “pride.” They also possess natural abilities, can not be told what to do, are fiercely protective of their dens, and like to be noticed.
August 23–September 22
Virgo is the second earth sign, representing the harvest of the planted seed. These pets like to accomplish things. Pets born during this time are easy to train, intelligent, discerning, capable, and quick to housebreak. Also, they like to be groomed.
September 23–October 22
Libra is the second air sign. Libran pets have a constant need to be relating—with their environment, with other animals, with people. Pets born under this sign go to great lengths to please you. They also follow you around and prefer to sleep near you.
October 23–November 22
Scorpio is the second water sign; this sign rules the will. Scorpios are by far the strongest members of the zodiac. Pets born under this sign are willful, stubborn, and intelligent. They are also mischievous and have an insatiable curiosity.
November 23–December 21
Sagittarius is the third and final fire sign; those born under this sign are the seekers of freedom and adventure. Sagittarian pets have lots of energy and enjoy challenges. They also like to move around—and not just in the backyard, either. As they love action, these pets want you to take them with you when you go hiking or biking.