In India, astrology fuels demand for dogs

The Telegraph of Calcutta reports:

Apart from genuine dog lovers, the number of people who are seeking dogs to influence planetary dispensation, has seen more than 50 per cent rise in the demand for puppies. Some who are in a great hurry due to astrological advice even pay for a full-grown dog.

Number of dog breeders who provide pedigreed pups in and around the city has increased. There are at least half a dozen persons who are in the trade and can procure pups ranging right from Pug, Spitz, Great Dane, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Labrador, Doberman, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and Dachshund.

Apparently black dogs, which are often rejected in North American animal shelters, are particularly in demand. NityaNand Tripathi, popularly known as Bade punditji in Varanasi, recommends “feeding of black dog, black cow and crow for warding off trouble, anxiety and pain, especially on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.”