Lunar New Year & The Year of the Dog

In countries around Asia, February 16, 2018, represents the start of Lunar New Year. A festive celebration filled with lucky foods to promote good health and prosperity, each new year is represented by one of twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac.

This year’s animal - the Dog - is known as an auspicious animal, which can bring good luck to many. Like western astrology, each sign carries specific traits, and it is believed that those born in a Dog year (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) are independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.

The Pink Salt Cuisine team has several four-legged fur-members that we are celebrating this Lunar New Year.  Meet Porter, Twinkie, Lollipop and Joyce Jr.!



Porter is a 12-year-old long haired chihuahua-pomeranian mix. He’s such a sweetheart and quite the heartbreaker!



Like many small dogs, Twinkie the chihuahua is a social butterfly. She’s five years old and wins the award for Most Energetic every day.



A gentle giant, Lollipop is a 90-pound bull mastiff. She is the best snuggler and biggest six-year-old we’ve ever met.

Joyce Jr

Joyce Jr.

A Maltese mix, Joyce Jr. likes to spend her free time sleeping. But even at 12 years old, she can run circles around the other dogs at the dog park.

If you’d like to celebrate your puppies with a homemade treat, check out this great recipe from Dogsaholic.


DIY Pumpkin Dog Treats

From Dogsaholic



  • ½ c. canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix pumpkin, molasses, coconut oil, and water together in a bowl. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and stir until dough is soft. Scoop out tablespoonsfulls of dough and roll into balls with wet hands. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten gently. Bake 25 minutes or until dough hardens into cookies.

P.S. What are your dogs’ favorite treats? Comment below and let us know!