Each year, the Sun moves into Sagittarius on November 22 and stays there through December 21. That means that right now it’s time to shine the celestial spotlight on the divine sign of Sagittarius the Archer. Happy Sagittarius Season, Dogsters!
My cosmic niche is exploring how people’s star signs are revealed in their lifestyle choices. I writeTraditional Home magazine’s Star Style column on astrology and lifestyle/design. Living with dogs is a lifestyle choice (and a brilliant one, in my humble opinion) so I’m fascinated by the different ways people of different signs display affection for beloved pets. And Sagittarians are among the most passionate, compassionate dog lovers in the cosmos!
The globetrotters of the zodiac, Archersare synonymous with wanderlust. They don’t likestaying in one place for too long, and their innate sophistication makes them world-class travelers, whether they fly economy or first class. A Sadge’s lucky dog will get to see the world and do it in style!
Sadge Dizzy Grant, left, is literally a globetrotter: a star dribbler for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Dizzy and his dog Saber, a Boxer, are the newest faces of Show Your Soft Side, a campaign in the City of Baltimore developed to combat animal abuse (it’s a project of the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission). The duo’s handsome faces appear on billboards, print ads, and posters proving that being a real man means being a softie to animals; as the slogan states, “Only a punk would hurt a cat or a dog.”
The trophies from Sadge’s travels adorn the walls, shelves, and floors of their home. Make that homes: Archers adore the feeling of homecoming, so they’ll keep crash pads in at least two places or have close friends and family who can put them up for several nights. And at each of those homes, the Sadge’s pet finds a plush dog bed to rest his head on.
Archers love to curl up in a comfy seat to do their relaxing, er, armchair traveling and they’re happy to share that hot seat witha beloved dog. This trait reveals itself early, as7-year-old actress-model Nicole Elizabeth Berger (right) demonstrates, hanging at home with her favorite K9 Scarlet Rose. By the way, Nicole Elizabeth happens to be perusing a book titled Slum Dogs of India. Like many Sagittarians, this rising young star feels enormous empathy for stray animals because, she told me, “they have no food, and no one to love or take care of them.” Aw!
Archers are symbolized bya centaur, the mythological composite creature that’s half human and half equine, so they adore horses. They surround themselves with actual steeds as well as anything depicting a horse, such as horse-and-hound toile fabric and/or wallpaper. Sagittarius natives make excellent horsemen and horsewomen, like Sagittarian Dogster Cornelia Guest, depicted on her horse in the portrait below. An accomplished equestrian and newly minted anti-fur PETA spokesperson, Cornelia has nine count ’em, nine dogs, including a Jack Russell terrier just like the one she grew up with. Sadges gravitate to dog breeds, like Russells, that feel as much at home in a stable as they do, and Russells’ ratting talents are especially prized in horse barns.
The Archer’s dog can look forward to a lifetime of brisk, aerobic walks, and that exercise will ensure that s/he stays in the pink of health. This is a get-up-and-go sign, according to the late, great astrologer Linda Goodman:
Sagittarians are normally restless. They hate to sit or stand still. The archer is physically conspicuous. … He walks as if he’s really going somewhere. There’s no halting or hesitating. When you first meet him, Sagittarius could be perched on a horse or walking his dog. He loves animals passionately. Sagittarian Frank Sinatra once ordered his driver to stop his car when he saw an injured dog lying in the street. He was on his way to a television rehearsal, but musicians, director, and camera crew had to wait until the singer had tenderly carried the dog to a vet, was assured he would be fine in a few days, and had found the dog’s owner.
Does that give you new respect for Old Blue Eyes, or what? Archers simply cannot leave their compassion for animals behind wherever they travel, they’re on the lookout for animal welfare, and resolve to do something to help.
Charmaine Settle, a board member of GREY2K USA, is a perfect example of the Sadge talent for global thinking in action. She has volunteered at the Scooby refuge in Spain, working to bring adoptable greyhounds into the United States and helps coordinate dog hauls from racetracks to adoption groups across the country. And on a recent trip to Macau,she was so moved by the plight of racing greyhounds that she championed the cause of a dog named Brooklyn and now animal lovers around the world are rallying behind the effort to rescue him from certain death.
Looking for a holiday gift for a special Archer? Get any book by the illustrious author-illustrator James Thurber, a Sadge renowned for his wit in drawing and writing about dogs. Also, know that Sadges are art collectors, so a perfect present would be a Danger Dog portrait of a favorite pet (like the one at left). Just like Sagittarius, these hand-painted metal signs fromNepalare well-traveled, so they’ve got global Dogster cred!
Dogster Archers and friends/lovers of Dogster Archers, we’d like to hear from you, so please share your thoughts in the comments!