The 16th February marks the start of a very special year for us in the Chinese calendar - the Year of the Dog. And not just any dog, but an Earth one, which means a grounding flow of energy for the 365 days to come.
Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. People born under this sign are thought to be persistent, meticulously attentive and boast of good fortune in wealth. Some infamous historical characters born under the year of the dog are Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin and Socrates.
Dog is man's good friend who can understand the human's spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.
Chinese families gather together for dinner on the eve of Feb 16th and many clean their homes to get rid of the bad energy in time for the Spring Festival. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off at midnight to cast away any bad luck and encourage good luck coning into the household. Children traditionally receive ‘luck money’ on New Year’s Day, which usually comes inside red envelopes.
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, our designer Amy was inspired by key icons from the Chinese culture to design a print that embodies luck, prosperity and peace.
SYMBOL: The cloud MEANING: the heavens and immortality
SYMBOL: The dog MEANING: loyalty and wealth
SYMBOL: The lantern MEANING: booming life and prosperous business
SYMBOL: The orchid MEANING: fertility and abundance
Discover our collection of leather dog collars and leads as well as pet accessories. Also find cat collars and bow ties in our newest print.