So you've decided you're going to adopt a pet from your local shelter -- congratulations, you've made a wonderful decision! A little advance planning will help you make the best selection. There are, of course, many factors you will consider when adopting a pet: the environment your home can offer, what type and size of pet you can handle, the amount of time you have for caring for your pet, your financial resources, how a prospective pet will blend with others in your household, etc.
Another important consideration is finding a pet that is the right match for your personality. To help you in that regard, I suggest that you consider your birth sign. Here I offer for each horoscope sign some astrological insights that I hope will help ensure that you make a successful adoption.
Aries (March 21-April 20)
Those born in the sign of Aries love to forge new paths and take charge. Aries folks would be happiest with a pet that is outgoing, adventurous and bold. If you're selecting a dog, think about bigger breeds and mixed breeds who thrive on outdoor activity, who know how to rough house. Not only will you keep them in top physical form but they will enable you to stay active and alert.
Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Taurus natives are considered determined and conservative and they also love luxury, good food and relaxation. Pets who enjoy lolling around the house, preferably in front of the television with you, will soon become your best pal. And when you need for them to follow you anywhere and everywhere, they are ready and able. Consider pets with personalities that are low key as opposed to high strung.
Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Since Geminis are so flirtatious, communicative and friendly, they would do well to choose pets who display the same qualities. Geminis bond well with more high strung breeds and, unless you have children or are surrounded by children daily, they needn’t be child-friendly. In fact, Gemini folks tend to go for a more sophisticated look with pets who are deemed more nervous or fragile.
Cancer (June 22-July 23)
Cancers love to hang around the house and are very sensitive and cuddly. Your pet should be one that loves to be held and one who is very affectionate. If you're looking at dogs, smaller dogs and those who like children are especially recommended. And they should be more of the domesticated breeds or mixed breeds who prefer indoors to outdoors.
Leo (July 24-August 23)
There is no one more outgoing, theatrical and generous than a Leo. The pet you choose should be dramatic and provide you with a bit of prestige and grandeur. Small or large breeds with great personalities and who love company (and audiences) will match your personality well. It would help if they liked children and are affectionate since Leos love children and are very romantic.
Virgo (August 24-September 23)
Clean is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Virgo. So a pet who doesn’t shed or create much of a mess is very compatible with a Virgo personality. Virgos also like to help others and are very aware of details. By choosing a breed or mixed breed that is helpful, loyal and caring, you can find a close companion and good furry friend.
Libra (September 24-October 23)
Libras are diplomatic, romantic, sociable and attractive. Pets that have these attributes will be a good match for a typical Libra. Try to choose pets who have an affinity to people, who are generally friendly and who love to be out and about. You will gravitate to attractive breeds and mixed breeds and those with a certain grace and happy, relaxed temperament.
Scorpio (October 24-November 22)
You would do well to get a pet that is interesting and intense and one that is curious and loves to discover new things. Choose a pet that is active but more quiet and introspective. Unless you have children, it may not be as important to have a child friendly pet but you will greatly enjoy one who keeps you on your toes and is very loyal.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 22)
Sagittarians would enjoy any pet that loves the great outdoors and seeks adventure. And the bigger the animal the better! An international species might be more fun, as would a pet that loves to play in the dirt and bark a lot. Child friendly is advisable but also seek one who is capable of great feats, some risks and heroism. They don’t have to be the cleanest of breeds however…
Capricorn (December 23-January 20)
Since Capricorns are a bit reserved and conservative, they might consider a pet who is quieter and careful. A prestigious breed might be preferred but really any pet who exhibits a certain demeanor and regal bearing would be perfect. You love it when a pet instinctively understands what you need, so choosing one with an affinity to gauge your mood and needs will be perfect.
Aquarius (January 21-February 19)
Aquarians are attracted to the unique and unorthodox so a pet who is unique (an interesting breed or a mixed breed) and unorthodox (in some way), would appeal greatly to you. Choose one who loves the outdoors and has the capability to travel large distances (like when you take them on a protest march). Also look for friendliness and an affinity to children.
Pisces (February 20-March 20)
Pisces are homebodies who love nothing more than to relax and recharge. So try to choose a pet who has a lower energy level and who loves to lounge around the house with you. If you choose a dog, a smaller sized breed is advisable. You might also try and see if your pet has some level of intuition so you two can communicate in a more meaningfully Piscean way.
If you adopt a dog you will enjoy reading A Member of the Family: Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog,
a new book by Cesar Millan. If you choose to adopt a cat you'll gain some insight by reading The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions
Related Post: Can't Adopt? Here's Eight Other Ways to Help Shelter Pets: Choose One. Read more about the Pet 'Net Adoption Event here.
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