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The Chinese Astrological Guide to Sleeping Dogs, Part Two

The Rabbit, Dragon and Snake
dogs can be challenging in their different ways,
especially when it comes to vying for the comfortable position on the bed. Each has
their own unique ways to charm and disarm -- and achieve their own ends!

The Rabbit: Sharing sleeping quarters with the Rabbit dog should be easy. Selfeffacing,
timid by nature, compassionate and gentle, Rabbit idealizes those he loves
and will go out of his way to ensure their comfort and ease. The Rabbit dog isn't going
to try to roust you out of the middle of the bed, occupy your pillow or shove you off the
side. He will be lovingly grateful just to be granted that bottom corner.

However -- Rabbit dog's delicacy of spirit and fear of conflict also ensure that if placed
in a position where he might be inadvertently kicked by a random leg twitch or shoved
off of his corner while you're in the midst of an active dream, his insecurities will
guarantee you several days of wiping eye boogers, enduring pathetic looks and sighs
and a great deal of time coaxing, cajoling and even physically carrying the Rabbit dog
back to bed, attempting to assuage your guilt and making sure he's never inadvertently
dislodged again by changing his spot to a safer one -- say, on your pillow.

The Dragon: Charismatic, brash, intelligent, tenacious . . . the Dragon is a leader born;
powerful by nature he attracts more power and rarely lets it slip from his grasp once
he's claimed it. Others are drawn to his inner fire, like moths to a flame, and although
his nature is most often to be magnanimous, he can be quite the opportunist, and he's a
graceless loser -- likely because he's not well acquainted with the experience.

Your Dragon dog is going to sleep in the middle of the bed. And your favorite pillow. Get
used to it. Whether he occupies the territory first and graciously allows you to camp out
on the adjacent area or comes to bed after you've already begun to settle in for the
night and simply takes it over, resistance is futile and will only result in his changing his
orientation to one perpendicular to you and your share of the bed being reduced to six
inches at the edge. It won't matter if you supersize the bed; he'll manage to expand
himself to accommodate the extra surface area.

Don't even think about putting him off of the bed. He'll be back.

The Snake: Sensual by nature, comfort seeking and retiring, intuitive but calculating,
introverted even while socially engaged, sensitive, but tending to be possessive to the
point of jealousy; savvy, hard working, driven to complete the task at hand and impatient
with partners or co-workers whose attention wavers, the Snake is a study in contrasts, if
not downright contradictions. He can be egotistical, yet insecure, needing to develop his
self-confidence while at the same time needing to learn the value of humility as well.

The Snake dog is the dog most likely to spend the day curled up in his favorite spot on
the bed, stretch out languidly for a lovely rub when you head to bed for the night, and
growl at you when you tell him to move over -- out of his special, favorite chosen spot.

Your best bet when wishing to dislodge your Snake dog from the bed so that you can
turn down the covers and retire is to wait until you're ready to crash for the night to feed
him. Make sure you're ready to hit the bed before you fill his bowl. While he's eating, it's
your window of opportunity to claim your place on the mattress without having to
practice contortionism around his couchant form, taking care not to shift him.

Be prepared for him to expect to reassert his claim on the space he previously occupied
when he's finished eating, though. Remember, this is a creature who can be jealous. If
he can't win back his place through intimidation or guilt, he'll try the Gotta Go Out ploy.
You take him out to do his business, but be on your toes when you come back in the
house. Have a strategy ready to be able to divert him long enough to beat him back to
the bed, otherwise, you get to be a contortionist for the night.

Provided by
Kathy Henderson of where you can find  Dog Stairs
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The Chinese Astrological Guide to Sleeping Dogs:  
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