Dogs Versus Cats: "My wife loves cats, so I have two of them. However, I prefer dogs. I am sure dogs are smarter than cats." -- Paul Smalls, Los Angeles. Response: This debate over dogs and cats has been going on for many years. Paul, if it keeps your wife happy, why not once in a while pay tribute to the intelligence of your cats? It would appear, from what you say, that your wife is an Aquarian. Right or wrong?

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Emphasis on proposals, business, career, marriage. Go slow, don't be bullied into making snap decision. Taurus, Scorpio individuals tell you how to live.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Be receptive to variety of concepts. Individual who tells you how to live your life should be politely ignored. Aries, Gemini persons play roles.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are investigative reporter today. Provide information, answer questions. Libra confides "I'm physically drawn to you." Respond with smile, tea and sympathy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Avoid fooling yourself. Perceive relationship in realistic manner. Pisces individual involved, lives in another land. You will get together in not too distant future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nothing happens halfway -- you are in all the way. Involvement is serious, know it, respond accordingly. Capricorn, Cancer natives figure in dynamic scenario.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Look beyond the immediate, strive for universal appeal. Help others to understand how people live in other countries. You could be successful spokesperson for unique group.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Make fresh start, permit yourself to love and be loved. Emotional bruise is healing, you are ready for different relationship. Leo plays dramatic role.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Focus on direction, meditation, ambition, marriage. Argument at home settled if you are diplomatic. Extend peace offering, don't permit pride to bar happiness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your kind of day! Elements of timing, luck ride with you. Communicate with relative in another land; journey will be planned. Gemini is in picture.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You're on solid ground. Those who claim otherwise are talking through their hats. Rebuilding process underway, property increases in value.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take notes, write your dreams. You are vital, dynamic, sensual -- you'll be told so by attractive member of opposite sex. Sagittarian promotes unique project.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Attention revolves around beauty, flowers, music, promotion of harmony at home. If single, you soon will have torrid affair. If married, you rediscover mate.

IF JANUARY 27 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are a humanitarian, will fight if cause is right. Aries, Libra persons play significant roles in your life and could have these letters, initials in names -- I and R. You travel to achieve goal, you often inconvenience yourself in order to help others. Social activities accelerate this year. You could be madly in love during May. During February you'll be involved with trip in connection with relative.

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