Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Just In Time For Lunar New Year: A Dog For Every Sign!

Gong Zhu Chelsea is sure to bring joy, good fortune and possibly a chewed sock. (She IS a puppy)

Happy Lunar New Year! Whether you call it Chinese New Year, Tet or Seolla, Humane Society Silicon Valley and our amazing adoptable pooches want to help you make the most of the year to come. And how better to start off a new year than with an awesome new companion? It might be the Year of the Horse but no matter what sign you are, we have the perfect dog for you.

Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Are you not hearing me?
Are you a Horse? Energetic and independent but always up for a road trip? Occasionally impatient? Meet Jeremy! You'll get along great. Jeremy's always ready for a romp, a trip to the park, a hike, even a camping trip. He's no fancy fluffy. But you really need to throw the ball. Like right right now. He's even bored with this photo shoot already. If you gallop through life, he'll be right beside you.

Intelligence, beauty and fun times two. With some snorting.
Born in the Year of the Monkey? These guys weren't but they really should have been. You're persuasive, active and intelligent. Chickadee and Dixie, our bonded pair of shorty snorties, have your number. Once you meet them you'll understand immediately why you need to take both of them home. And with four adorable bulging eyes staring at you, you'll find yourself immediately persuaded to hand them that cookie and then take them on a long walk.

I am too proud for this costume thing. Unless that's a biscuit. Then we can talk.
A noble Rooster? You're hardworking, independent and observant. You've got a practical soul and nothing gets past you. If so, don't let June Bug get past you. This tan chi girl doesn't miss a beat. She's super glad to see you but is okay with having some time to herself. If you've got the treats, she'll show you everything she's learned and believe us, it is a lot. This dog WORKS. She's not going to get sidetracked going ga-ga over strangers - she's got her eye on you and is getting the job done.

I'm generous to a fault, but let's leave the hat on the ground, ok?
Of course you like dogs if you're a Dog! You're diligent, faithful, generous and kind. So is Deniro. He'll be right at your heels if you need him. Bad day? He's up for a walk at the beach or you can just sit quietly on the couch together until you feel better. Yes, he's shaped a bit like a potato but he wears his heart on his sleeve....or paw. He's a dog's dog - calm, loyal, and absolutely guileless in his adoration of people he loves. You're going to get along great.

I'm as patient as the day is long but please, not the hat. 
Strong and patient as an Ox? Meet Sadie. She even looks a bit ox-like in a large, tan -dog sort of way. Did we REALLY have to do this photo shoot? Was this necessary? She doesn't know but she's going to bear up to it with good grace and wonderful manners. Despite being a big, strong dog she's a lamb on leash and kind with kids. If you're steadfast and up for the long haul, she'll be right beside you to bear the load.

Try to paint stripes on me & I forsee big problems in the coming year. 
Fiery, fierce, brave and bossy? Hello Tiger! Meet Little Aspen. This sassy American Eskimo has got this world wrapped around her little white paw. You're welcome to give her a command and if you have a treat she might even listen to you. But oh, you'll never have more fun than you will with Aspen. An unrepentant clown, she dances on her back paws (and has the moves like Jagger), gives five and ten and has no problem telling someone off if they get saucy with her.

I might be the Brad Pitt of dogs - handsome, likable and I look taller on camera.
Everyone likes you - you're the charismatic Dragon, warm hearted and charismatic but fearing nothing. Sort of like Gabe the Babe. This muscular little low-rider is smaller than he looks (only 24 lbs) and can work a room like no one's business. He's easy going and loves going new places and doing new things. Kids? Other dogs? Bring them on. Not only does he have the looks and the charm, he's the genuine article - he's got the heart to back it up.

If you're a Rat, a Rabbit, a Sheep, a Snake or a Pig, fear not - we have a love connection for you, too. We just don't have a picture to go with it. Don't face the year alone - come see us to find your star crossed match! Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

(Special thanks to Betty Wang and Karen Farrelly for doing such an awesome job with pics, props and ideas! Not only do we have the best pets, we also have the best volunteers.)

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