by Janet Blue on February 1, 2022

Chinese New Year

Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel expecting to be greeted by Stinky with lots of whisker kisses, but Stinky is missing. Periwinkle panics, thinking he has gone on another walkabout or had a seizure. Suddenly she hears a loud roar, and Stinky jumps out from behind a pillar between the foyer and dining room.



“Stinky, you almost scared me to death. Why are you hiding and roaring? And what are your wearing on your face?” Periwinkle asks.

“This is my tiger mask. I have one for you as well.”

“Why do I need a tiger mask?” asks Periwinkle.

“Because this is Chinese New Year, and it is the year of the Tiger, so I thought we could get in the mood with these tiger masks,“ Stinky tells her.



“So, what are we going to do—run around and roar at each other?”

“Of coarse not, silly. We are going to celebrate by telling our readers all about Chinese New Year.”

“Well that sounds really boring to me,” Periwinkle replies.

“I think you actually will be fascinated,” Stinky replies.

Year of the Tiger

Stinky begins telling Periwinkle about Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger, which begins today ands runs through January 21, 2023. “The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The Tiger Zodiac sign is a symbol for strength, braveness and exorcising evils.”

Periwinkle asks, “Does this mean we are tigers?”

“Actually, no,” replies Stinky. “You and I were born in 2017, which was the year of the Rooster.”

“I don’t want to be a rooster! They aren’t cute like tigers.”

“Maybe not. But 2022 is actually a great year for Roosters. We are destined to enjoy a tranquil life as well as good luck in making money. Just think, with more money, we can buy more treats.”

“Stinky, I think I am confused about all of this,” replies Periwinkle.

“I guess it can be a bit confusing. Just think of it like this. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, and the year in which we were born determines what Zodiac (animal) we are. People born between now and January 21st, 2023, will be Tigers. We are Roosters because of the year we were born.”

“Even though I like tigers more, I guess I’d like to know about Roosters, as that’s what we are.”

“Before we do that, Periwinkle, I am wondering if you remember that snow leopard we met when we visited the Mill Mountain Zoo?”

“Of course, it was so beautiful. I wish it wasn’t so cold. I would like to go to the zoo and wish him a happy year of the Tiger.”

“Wow, that would be great. Maybe we can go back in the spring or summer. Since we can’t go today, do you want to see the photo we took of it?”

“Oh yes, that would be great!”



“Wow, Stinky, he sure was keeping his eyes on us,” gasps Periwinkle. “I didn’t realize that at the time.”

“You know, Periwinkle, like tigers, snow leopards belong to the genus Panthera. Most people think they are related to common leopards, but they are actually most genetically related to tigers. It’s purrfect that we are sharing him today.”


“Now let’s see what we can find out about those with the Rooster Chinese Zodiac sign. Okay?”

“Whatever you want, Periwinkle!”

Stinky begins to tell Periwinkle about Roosters. “Zodiac Rooster’s are hardworking, courageous, talented, resourceful and observant. And we are very confident in ourselves.”

“Stinky, I think all those things are true. I know you are really courageous or you wouldn’t have survived your walkabout or want to be climbing on things all the time. What else are Roosters like?”

“We have lots of wonderful attributes according to the web-site I found. It says that Roosters are always active, amusing and popular with a crowd. We are talkative, outspoken and frank as well as open, honest and loyal.”

“Stinky, that is so true. I know we both can be extremely talkative, and I do believe we are both exceedingly loyal.”

“Roosters always look attractive and beautiful. You always look absolutely gorgeous, Periwinkle!”

“Thank you, Stinky. Tell me more, please.”

“Let’s see, supposedly, we enjoy being the center of attention and are happiest when surrounded by others. It says we take pleasure in being in the spotlight and exhibit charm on any occasion.”

“I am not sure about that for you Stinky. I know you are charming, but I don’t think you like being around lots of other people or cats. Unless you are with me, you are quite shy.”

“That’s very true, Periwinkle, and I don’t think this next part applies to either of us.”

“What does it say?”

“It says that Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak and can become agitated if that doesn’t happen. It also states that we like to brag about ourselves and our accomplishments. I don’t like that part or the next. It’s believed that our behavior of continually seeking the attention of others sometimes annoys those around us.”

“Pffft, that is totally untrue. You are never annoying, Stinky.”

“Neither are you, Periwinkle.”

“Is there anything else, Stinky?”

“Yes we have some things that are lucky for us:”

  • Numbers: 5, 7 and 8
  • Colors: gold, brown and yellow
  • Flowers: gladiola and cockscomb
  • Directions: south and southeast

“There is so much more we can share, Periwinkle, but our readers are probably getting bored. Let’s share with them the photos we took. And at the end, we’ll give them a link to a website they can visit to learn more about all the Chinese Zodiac signs.”

“Great idea, Stinky.”

Happy New Year to All of Our Fellow Roosters


Periwinkle & Stinky celebrate Chinese New Year


Happy New Year to All Tigers


Periwinkle & Stinky celebrate Chinese New Year


Periwinkle tells Stinky that this has been a rather exhausting adventure even though they never left his house. She suggests they have a snack and a rest before she has to head home. And that is exactly what they do while visiting with Stinky’s parents and fursibs at the same time.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head home. After oodles of whisker kisses and paw hugs, she enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave and a whoosh is gone.

Sawyer heads to the bed Periwinkle gave him for Christmas to nap and dream of her.

The End

For addition information about Chinese New Year and the Chinese Zodiac click on this link.

Periwinkle and Stinky are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.



Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs February 2, 2022 at 11:38 pm

Wow, that was a fun adventure into Chinese lore and all about their year names and such. Thanks for the link.
Pawppy and petcretary are both horses, and I, Dalton am also a rooster, and Benji is a dog…well, duh! LOL!
Pipo & Minko were monkeys! Bwahahaha!
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Scout Mango and Mom February 2, 2022 at 11:08 pm

Guess what! Its Scout Mango born in 2010 and I am a Tiger too!! Mom was born in 1965 she is a Snake!!

meowmeowmans February 1, 2022 at 9:34 pm

That sure was a fun and unique date, you two! Happy Chinese New Year! I am a Goat, Mom Tracey is a Horse, and Ava is a Rooster, like you! 🙂
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Ellen J Pilch February 1, 2022 at 6:58 pm

Nice date. Happy Chinese New Year! I am a rooster too. 🙂 XO
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Brian Frum February 1, 2022 at 6:37 pm

That was sure fun sweeties! Love that big kitty.
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da tabbies o trout towne February 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

guyz….we waz knot board, we N joyed reedin thiz post !!
sew thanx for sharin bout de zodiac….. me mackerull
waz born in de yeer oh de dawg and cuzin daiz izza goat !!

it wooda been nice ta bee a tiger but….oh well !!! bye de way
thoz maskz iz awesum; ewe can save em for howl o ween 🙂 ♥♥

Kathe W. February 1, 2022 at 12:01 pm

I am a Horse, Russell is a Rooster and Lucy is ….a Tiger…really!
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Sandee February 1, 2022 at 11:27 am

Such fun and I’m a Rabbit. You two have the best adventures.

Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches all around, a smooch to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and my best to your wonderful moms. ♥
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Periwinkle February 1, 2022 at 9:15 am

That was so much fun and I learned a lot. You did scare me at first in the mask! I had no idea I was a Rooster and my Mom is a Tiger. She should get Chinese food tonight! YUM!

Love and whisker kisses,
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Pam and Teddy February 1, 2022 at 5:23 am

Thanks for all the information about Chinese New Year and your signs Stinky and Periwinkle. My Mom and Dad celebrated Chinese New Year early I guess since they went last month to their favorite Chinese restaurant. Thanks for the link to more info too – I’m sure people will want to follow up and find out what THEIR birth year signifies!!!!! That was FUN!

Hugs, Teddy and Mom too
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