Year of the Dog  LbNA # 20272

OwnerWisconsin Hiker      
Placed DateJan 21 2006
LocationWauwatosa, WI
Found By prancing piano
Last Found Jun 8 2014
Hike Distance1 mi
Last EditedMay 15 2016

Last found/checked: 12-JUL-08
NOTE: Many newer boxers seem to have problems if they look in the summer. This box was planted in January when it is easier to spot fallen trees. Rather than log this as an "attempt", it might be better to try again when there isn't so much undergrowth in the woods.

Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes roundtrip, depending on season & trail conditions

Terrain: Mostly level paved paths.

Around the globe, the Chinese New Year celebrations will take place based on January 29th 2006, which is start of the Lunar New Year. Of all the traditional Chinese festivals, the New Year is perhaps the most elaborate, colorful, and important. This is a time for the Chinese to congratulate each other and themselves on having passed through another year, a time to finish out the old, and to welcome in the new year. Common expressions heard at this time are: GUONIAN to have made it through the old year, and BAINIAN to congratulate the new year.

In Chinese Astrology there are five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) forming a complete cycle of sixty. This means there are five different types of Dog years: wood dog, fire dog, earth dog, metal dog and water dog. 2006 is a Fire Dog year.

The Dog is a giving, compassionate personality. He offers kind words, support and advice to friends and family. He is a listener, always available to lend an ear or a shoulder to a friend in need. Often Dogs know more about their friends than their friends know about them or even themselves! Dogs are incredibly attentive. Sometimes though, Dogs should pay more attention to their own needs. In private, many Dog people worry a lot.

Traits for specific Dog years:

The Fire Dog - Intractable, kind-hearted, patient, controlling temper will lead to success.
2 Feb 1946 to 21 Jan 1947 and 29 Jan 2006 to 17 Feb 2007

The Wood Dog - Independent, creative, protective, if confidence increases, will lead to success.
14 Feb 1934 to 3 Feb 1935 and 10 Feb 1994 to 30 Jan 1995

The Earth Dog - Materialistic ambitions, hard-worker, uses the relationship with friends to gain success, not many close friends.
18 Feb 1958 to 7 Feb 1959

The Metal Dog - Loyal, work with their intuition, calm will lead to success, know how to control outgoings.
10 Feb 1910 to 29 Jan 1911 and 6 Feb 1970 to 26 Jan 1971

The Water Dog - Active, charming, sociable, systematic, accept advice from friends and have numbers of close friends.
28 Jan 1922 to 15 Feb 1923 and 25 Jan 1982 to 12 Feb 1983


Begin your adventure at the park located at 10300 W. Wisconsin Ave. Since the Fire dog is a natural leader, he immediately trots over to the large green oak leaf when he sees you get out of your car. Expecting you to follow, he then continues east until he sees a black path heading north. He heads that direction, remembering how he used to meet all his friends in the adjacent fields. It was great to listen to all the latest gossip and give advice to all the other pooches when they were allowed to run loose in the area. However the field is now filled with large office buildings. Grrrr!

Putting his nose to the trail, he heads toward the pond, and then heads clockwise around a second pond. Instead of chasing some cars, he crosses to a third smaller pond and again travels clockwise, stopping to sniff the interesting smells along the way. When he reaches a “T”, his intuition leads him right, but when he spots some LARGE conifers, he heads that direction to mark his presence. Continuing on this trail, he passes by some picnic tables and spends some time checking to see what tasty items may have been left in the area. Then he bounds along the trail as it enters the woods again. When he spots a large fallen tree on the right, he decides it looks like a great place for a nap. He crawls into a cozy spot midway under the tree and settles in.

You may want to start (or end) your search with a meal at one of the nearby Chinese restaurants. Peony is at 11120 West Blue Mound Road and P.F. Chang’s is at 2500 N Mayfair Rd.

Status updates on this box would be appreciated!