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									Astrology Insight Into Dog Personalities
Astrologers offer insight into your dog's personality.

Patricia Kime

With two children and one on the way, Vasquez wants to "learn about a dog's character and how to treat them better." The
stars can help determine when to buy the puppy, Belshaw says. "You can find a breeder who's going to have a litter of
Cancers or something."

Vasquez has been consulting Belshaw for 10 years. Every member of her family has a chart. "It's just amazing that you can
get the character of an animal," she says. "I recommend it. I know people think it's crazy, but it works."

Astrology is an age-old pseudoscience, although astrologers say it is a true science, dating back to the Babylonian and
Chaldean cultures. Ancient astrologers studied the behavior of the sun, moon and five planets – the remaining weren't
discovered until this millennium – and forecast how they thought the celestial bodies affected Earth and its inhabitants.

Astrology thrived in the 1300s and 1400s, until astronomers Copernicus and Galileo proved that Earth was not the center of
the universe. Despite that find and the discovery of more planets, however, astrology didn't die. In fact, a Gallup Poll showed
that 47 percent of Americans express some belief in astrology.

That includes forecaster Stari Night, a.k.a Gerri Cadiz, editor of "Ilio & Popoki." For her astrology column, she writes to
entertain rather than predict the future. Some examples:

For Libra: A perfect time for romance. Make sure you have homes for puppies before you start making whoopee.

And for Scorpio: Visit your mother...and take her a bone. She may not remember you but she'll be glad to see you anyway.

"I love horoscopes," Cadiz says, "I read them, and then 30 seconds later I forget what they say. But they always give you
some encouragement and some hope that things are going to get better."

Even Leslie Traill, a devoted astrologer and co-author of "What's Your Sign? Astrological Tips for Dogs," treats canine
astrology with humor. Her book features a lighthearted introduction to the subject for dog owners. "I see [my book] as an
opportunity to have a good giggle and perhaps learn a little about yourself," she says. "Astrology allows you to be aware of
the positives and negatives in your personalities, and in your dog."

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