Have you every thought; what would your dog or cat want you to do if they could speak?
What would it be? Would you work 12 hour days or spend hours in traffic, watching TV or shopping for things that you don’t need?
I invite you to close your eyes and imagine what would your next hour, next day or month look like. Where are you, what are you doing, who are you with?
When I sold my veterinary clinic, people thought it was crazy. Everyone around me was shocked and asked why I made such a sudden decision.
The answer is simple, I listened to the advice of my dog, Skai
For years, he reluctantly followed me to clinic door hoping that I would change my mind, turn around and play in the park instead. The truth was I had no time for play. I was burned out and felt like I was failing. I wanted to teach people how to keep their pets healthy and give them a good life and I could not find balance in my own life.
My dream was to reach more people, write, teach and engage in a community of likeminded people with desire to learn more about holistic care, disease prevention and how to save on vet bills. The problem was, I had no time.
One day, at then end of my 12 hour work shift, I turned to Skai lying under my desk and thought, “What would you, my dear friend, want me to do if anything was possible?
I closed my eyes and floated away into another world. There I was, inside of a pitch black box. I felt the fear and panic of not being able to find the door, trying to push the walls away as they were closing in on me. Suddenly the box collapsed and I was standing at the top of a huge waterfall. I was frozen with fear of falling into the depths below.
It felt like I stood there forever and finally rolled over the edge – giving up control. Splaaaashhhhh! I felt the cool water surrounding my body and trying to swim up to gasp for air. When I reached the surface and opened my eyes, I could only see light and the blue horizon. I felt so good.
“Peter, our computer system is down, can you come and look at it and the washing machine is leaking, Peter, there is someone calling with an emergency, Peter, can you sign this check, Peter, you have someone holding on the other line.. Peter! Peter! Peter!….”
I was clearly back in my box.
A few months later
My partner Dean and I decided to go for a brief holiday to Maui. It was the first time we were able to take Skai along to Hawaii as they had cancelled the Rabies quarantine and dogs were now allowed.
It was one of the best moments of my life - running with Skai on the beach.
Near the end of our trip, we decided to drive to Hana, a remote village on the North East end of Maui. We hiked through a very dense and lush bamboo forest until we reached a magnificent waterfall. I stood there at the bottom of waterfall with my arms spread, gasping for air as water rushed over my face. I didn’t even notice that Dean took a picture.
The next day, we boarded a Vancouver bound plane. I opened my laptop and started to browse through our pictures. There I was standing in the waterfall with Skai in the forefront, a big smile on his face…
Suddenly, it all connected, my moment in the clinic, the black box, the waterfall, the plunge… and the feeling of freedom ..
I turned to Dean and said: “ I am selling the clinic.”
2 years later:
I never imagined my life could be so good. I have opened a small housecall practice in Vancouver and have as many clients as I wish. I have almost finished my book on natural food, I write blogs and articles and love being part of the fast growing community of holistically oriented animal lovers.
My new company, Dr. Dobias’ Healing Solutions will be launching an all natural animal supplement line in a few months. I also find enough time to take Skai back to Maui and run and play with him on a wild empty stretch of our favorite beach.
Yes, there is life and challenges to deal with but every day I feel that I am heading in the right direction and feel grateful for the simple gifts of life.
Now when you have read this story, I ask you to go back to the original question.
What would your animal friend want you to do? Close your eyes, imagine and ay the answer out loud.
Congratulations, you have just accessed your own subconscious desire of the life you would love to live. Do not to throw this opportunity for change away. Go for it. Make it happen. Just don’t forget to take your animal friend along…
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM