The Year of the Dog

by Kevan Worley

WE Fit Wellness is nothing if not fun! After all, one of the critical credentials enjoyed by our team is Jessica’s designation as a recreational therapist, among her other qualifications. Yay! She teaches us all that there is no wellness without fun.

The holidays are about both fun and reflection. Reflecting on 2016 you might say that for WE Fit Wellness it has been the year of the dog. The year of the dog has been both bitter and sweet.

Unfortunately we lost perfect Pippin, Jessica’s long time guide dog and companion, may he rest in peace. He was fun. He was the best tugger who ever tugged the rope.

Picture of Pippin OutsideBut this fall both Jessica and I received guide dogs from the Fidelco Guide Dog foundation. These two beautiful girls have been a challenge and a joy. Onyx and Prada. One is a whiner, one is a growler! Prada is a prissy, Onyx is a bully. But both of these lovely girls love it out on the trails with us. Sometimes they work, sometimes they frolic.

During the Fit Chat segment of Find Your Fit Episode 21 we talked a little about the health benefits of having a pet.  According to, “when it comes to pet ownership, there are a number of proven health benefits for people, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of heart attack.”

You know, for us  it really is about the total Wellness Journey. Incorporating the right amount of exercise into your life to keep yourself heart-healthy and those endorphins clicking. It’s about trying new foods which might bring greater health to you. It’s about learning and loving and sharing. This year has been all of those things and more and I thank each of your for being a part of our journey in 2016.Onyx & Prada in a car with their heads next to each other

In the Chinese zodiac calendar, the year of the dog is in 2018. We are coming to the end of 2016, year of the Fire Monkey. I was born in the year of the Fire Monkey. Jessica, I think, was born in the year of the Ox. Next year, 2017 is the year of the Rooster. Let’s make it a year we can crow about!

Below enjoy reading a little about the Chinese zodiac calendar. We find it to be reflective and great fun.

According to the year of the dog ranks eleventh in Chinese zodiac years in the twelve-year cycle. Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.

This year was the year of the fire monkey. The fire money is a clever animal and is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

animated roosterAccording to Chinese astrology, the year of the Roster for one’s birth sign is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle. In the year of this sign, fortune in all aspects of one’s life will not be as good. People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. Roosters also tend to be very confident about themselves.

Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. Oxen used to be capable farming tools in agricultural society. This attaches them to the symbol of diligence, persistence and honesty. People born in the Year of Ox are typically tardy in action, but industrious and cautious. Most of them are conservative and hold their faith firmly.

Happy holidays from the WE Fit Wellness team!

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