Do pets bring people good fortune? – Reno Gazette-Journal –

Many cultures consider various animals to be especially lucky.

To provide protection and good luck, a practitioner of Feng Shui might recommend that you place a pair of Fu Dog statues near your front door.

The Chinese zodiac includes the dog and those born in the Year of the Dog are thought to be blessed with the positive attributes of loyalty, determination and compassion. When you win big, someone might say “you lucky dog!”

Old American folklore holds that seeing a white cat, even in your dreams, symbolizes good luck on the way. Should you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in your palm and make a wish—virtually guaranteeing that your wish will come true.

One of the most charming lucky pet stories comes from Japanese folklore; the legend of the Maneki Neko, which translates to beckoning cat.

According to the legend, back in the days of old, there was a very poor priest who lived in a rundown temple. He shared what little food he had with his beloved cat, Tama.

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