By Susan Levitt
I received a letter from a feng shui client inquiring about her luck with a new puppy. I am an animal person so was delighted to blend feng shui principles with our beloved animal companions who so generously share their lives with us:
Hope this finds you well. A quick update about my place in Piedmont, CA. I have officially got my promotion on March 2012—you were right about removing my cat litter box to the guest bedroom’s bathroom. Now my foyer looks nice & inviting and my front entrance is fully opened. Recently, I have brought home a shiba inu puppy we named Mochi. She has been getting along very well with my cat. Also, Max (my Monkey man) and I are still together — he helped me to find Mochi and talked about how to take care of her. I am just curious if the puppy is improving my house or relationship energy? Would like to get your input.
EXCELLENT! Dogs are good feng shui
. But cats are not, so when you kitty lives to a ripe old age and dies peacefully in her sleep, do not get another cat. But when your dog dies, OK to get another dog. But no more than 2 pets at a time for you!
About your dog: I assume that she a DRAGON because she was born after Chinese New Year in 2012. This dog MUST be very, very tame! In feng shui, people must be educated and dogs must be tamed. Of course the first thing is housebreaking, but do not stop there like many people do. Your dog must sit, stay, and obey other commands. She needs to socialized with both humans and other dogs. Your dog WANTS to do this and it’s your responsibility to tame and train her.
Talking to your dog like she is a human instead of taming her, or spoiling the dog, will cause bad fortune for you. I cannot emphasize this enough. It is not OK for your dog to jump up on visitors when they arrive at your home, no barking out of turn, no urinating when excited, no begging for food from the table — you get the idea.
That does not mean that you have power over your dog in a negative way. My sister and mother know how to train dogs, and I know something about it too, but if you’re not enough of a dog person yet or don’t understand dog obedience — take your puppy to dog training classes. Your dog’s breed is considered a difficult one to tame, so if you have problems then hire a professional dog trainer to come to the house.
I recommend training your dog to do tricks. My sister did that with our family dog, a mid-size hound who is now 15 (Ox 1997) and still in great shape because the dog’s mind was pushed as a puppy to learn handshake, catch, roll over — and at the time I thought it was a non-necessary display of power over an animal. But now I agree that you should train dogs, especially your Dragon dog, to the fullest extent possible.
Little puppy Mochi is compatible with both you and your Monkey man, who I’ve always liked for you. They can create and master dog tricks together. Good luck.