Dog lovers visited the Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Tokyo on Monday to pray for the health of their pet pooch ahead of the Year of the Dog in the lunar calendar. The shrine has offered traditional blessings, normally reserved for children, to pets since 2008. It has also been selling charms intended to protect pets from predators, sicknesses and other evils. A blessing costs... Еще around $45 with many dogs also getting their own custom-made outfits, mostly garish kimonos. Cats and dogs reportedly outnumber children in Japan and spending on them keeps rising, as the country’s fertility rate keeps decreasing. The dog is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac which is used in a number of Asian countries. The Year of the Dog begins on February 16.