However, there's also a more interesting Web 2.0-ish aspect to it - a small pull-out window on the bottom of the widget turns Arfie into an "internet watchdog," providing a live feed of other DogPile searches throughout the Internet.
Dogpile widgets combine two of the more popular aspects of web 2.0 technologies - the convenience of a widget on your desktop, along with the social awareness that results from using the DogPile search engine.
Dogpile horoscopes give internet users a fun glimpse of their fortunes with the convenience of easy access, smooth use, and multiple other resources for a complete picture of what the future may hold.
Individual horoscopes are generally just a few sentences long, but unlike many horoscope providers, Dogpile horoscopes include both positive and negative predictions with unusual clarity and detail.
For those who don't want to have animations or pictures of cats on their desktop, simpler versions of the DogPile widget are also available that are just a plain search box with "fetch" buttons.
As a metasearch engine rather than a standard search engine, Dogpile actually fuses together search results from more than a dozen popular search tools such as Google, Ask.com, Yahoo!
Dogpile first appeared on the electronic scene in 1996, led by its fun-loving mascot Arfie, an indiscriminate breed of dog that is responsible for fetching users' search results.
When reading horoscopes, Dogpile discreetly offers top search results for other horoscope resources including specific Zodiac signs, horoscope dating, pet horoscopes and more.
Some search engines like Dogpile have even become "meta" - gathering and sorting through the results of searches from other major sites like Google and Yahoo.
In fact, Dogpile is so well designed and effectively run that it received recognition as the Best Consumer Search Engine for 2007 by J.D.