Dog Chases Rooster as New Year Dawns

The Year of the Dog enters with confidence and boundless energy. Picture a German shepherd puppy filled with so much enthusiasm that she nearly knocks you down as you enter the front door.

The new year comes not a moment too soon as the world bids farewell to the squawking, cocky (pun intended) Year of the Rooster. Americans spent much of the year attempting to make sense of the damage and human cost wrought by devastating hurricanes, wild fires, mass shootings, and international terrorism. And, yes, there was the need to adjust to a new type of presidency.

Because Donald Trump was born in 1946, Year of the Fire Dog, and is the first Dog president to serve during a Dog year, Japanese prognosticators believe that, good or bad, 2018 could become a turning point in human history. With the Dog as a symbol of intelligence and protection, activists, students, and ordinary citizens feeling deprived of hope could be inspired to demand radical changes to preserve the future for the next generation.

Trump is fiercely loyal to family members, friends, and supporters. He is also eternally optimistic and will go to great lengths to support that optimism, including exaggerating the truth.

Like others born in the Year of the Dog, he has two sides to his personality. On the darker side, he is emotional, stubborn, prone to say what he thinks, is short-tempered, and often critical of others. He does not take criticism well.

Trump is the fourth U.S. president to be born in the Year of the Dog. Others are Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Herbert Hoover. Trump is also the first president in recent memory who doesn’t own a dog.

Also born in Dog years were singers Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne, artist Paul Cézanne, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, animal activist Jane Goodall, and Prince William of Cambridge.

Educator and translator Namiko Abe explains that Japanese zodiac (juunishi) is divided into 12-year blocks, with