Project 52: Year of the Dog

This week’s theme is the Year of the Dog. Interestingly, in doing my research for this topic, I learned I was born during a year of the dog.

Facts About the Year of the Dog

The dog is the 11th of 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Unlike the zodiac as observed in western nations, where the “signs” of the zodiac alternate in roughly one-month increments, the Chinese zodiac alternates signs on a yearly basis, along with modifications for the five traditional elements  (earth, metal, wood, water, fire).

Other Years of the Dog

In the last 100 years, the Chinese year of the dog was also observed during the following years on the western calendar:

  • 1934
  • 1946
  • 1958
  • 1970
  • 1982
  • 1994
  • 2006

Which means the year of the dog won’t come around again until 2030.

Notable Personalities

Notable people born in a year of the dog include:

Personality Traits

Depending on the year in which  someone born during a year of the dog was born, the following are the traits they will exhibit according to Chinese astrology:

Type of DogBirth YearCharacteristics
Wood Dog1934 1994Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
Fire Dog1946, 2006Intelligent, hardworking, and sincere</td
Earth Dog1958, 2018Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
Gold Dog1910, 1970Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others
Water Dog1922, 1982Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues

This Week’s Photo

I based my photo on the Chinese symbol for “dog,” or at least, as close as I could draw it. I apologize if I have butchered it or corrupted it to mean something else.

Chinese symol for "dog" filled with photos of dogs



I got this idea while searching Google for “year of the dog.” I saw the Chinese symbol for dog, I had recently seen a video on making clipping masks, so I got the idea to make a collage using the symbol.

In Photoshop, I drew the Chinese symbol for “dog.”  I was sure to draw the symbol using the color black so I could make the photos I layered over it in Photoshop into clipping masks.


Next Up . . .

Next in the blog circle is Ursula Garrison Photography, serving Northern Wisconsin and the Chequamegon Bay Area! Remember to keep following the links in the blog circle until you get back around to here. Then you will have seen all the great photographers participating in the Project 52!