Have you ever happened to be without internet?
It has happened to me today and I think that the “dog gods” are responsible. I may not have a TV but I am definitely guilty of spending more time in front of the computer than my dog, Skai, would wish. He often gives me “The Look” when I am working.
I am often conflicted because I know that at least the main purpose of my life is to spend time with my two and fourlegged family, friends and others interesting people. How do I decide that I divide the time fairly and do not loose the sight of what matters?
So here I am, sitting in an internet café in Tofino, BC, learning that there is no internet today at this end of th world today. “You are in the middle of nowhere… so don’t be surprised that the internet doesn’t work!”, the café employee laughed.” She appeared to be entertained over my obvious symptoms of internet withdrawal. Me, no internet…! Neverthless, I have succeeded not to throw myself on the floor and I didn’t have a temper tantrum. However, I am still feeling like if my internet umbilical cord was ripped right out.
My plan was that I would come out here with my 2 sisters and their kids only if I could finish some of my work that was “urgent.” “Yeah, urgent!, ” I hear the dog gods speaking, “Living your life is the only urgent thing, take a break and spend more time with Skai. You have been glued to you Mac for days and what is wrong with you…?”
“But I am spending a lot of time in front of the computer giving people tips on how to keep the animal friends healthy. Imagine, they could be spending time in the park or on the beach instead of the vet office. It is my way to say thank you for having such a blast with Skai and other dogs and people.” I argued. “I hope that you will make the internet running again, because I need to post a post about our Allergy lecture and Skai’s 10th birthday fundraiser.” I begged.
“Ok, ok, you dog gods, I will promise that I will spend much less time on the computer this weekend and more time with on the beach. Just make sure that you will keep Skai “dispatched” as my assistant in life for many more years, will you?” I also hope we will be able to negotiate “a deal” for other canines around, they have so much to teach us! No I don’t mean peeing at the corners. I mean how to love and be good.” Are you hearing me?
“Oh, by the way, thanks for giving me all those tips on healing and nutrition, my readers say that they seem to be making a difference and the natural supplement formulas that you planted in my head work great.”
I will also post our conversation on my blog to pass on the message: Computerize only after the members of your canine “good life squad” sleeps after a a good walk twice a day. Is that a deal?
Thanks for listening!
PS: Taking your dog for a walk or a run at least 45 minutes 2 x a day is essential for his or her health. The backyard is for veggies or flowers but your dog needs to get o to see the world. If you see the pleading eyes, they are real. Just make sure you get of the office chair or the couch before the dog gods disconnect your internet. Aren’t dogs great in reminding us what really matters in life?
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM