Skip to content
Previous article
Now Reading:
Are you dancing to a song no one else can hear?

Are you dancing to a song no one else can hear?


Happy New Year!!!! I am so glad that 2020 is OVER, and I dare to guess that you are too!!! I hope that your 2021 will be full of love, health, joy, and time spent with those you love and free from COVID madness, lockdowns, and turmoil.

As I was sitting down to do my weekly writing, for a moment I felt torn between writing on a medical topic, or contemplating over a few past thoughts and experiences; in the end, I decided to do both. If you are reading my weekly news mainly because of ‘medical knowledge’, you can click here for a new rewrite of an important article on Kennel Cough and if you love conversations and philosophy, and pondering over ideas and thoughts, just keep reading, you will find the article on Kennel Cough at the end.

This morning, I took Pax for his favourite beach walk. Some of you may already know, his favourite pastime is running along the shores at 100 miles an hour, forgetting about time, space, and his physical body.

Dr. Dobias' border collie dog Pax in nature

We usually leave to go walking early, in order to ensure that we are back before the sun gets too strong. Most of the time the beach is pretty empty, but this time, despite the early hour, about a dozen people had shown up, creating a properly ‘socially distanced’ circle nearby.

It didn’t take long before they all started twirling and dancing in the sand, without any evidence of music. Young and old, women and men, they were spinning and dancing like tumbleweeds in the wind. I admired their comfort and ease, as they truly danced as if no one was watching, which, I confess, would be hard for me to do in such a public space.

As time progressed, slowly but surely, the whole group moved towards the ocean, ending up waist-deep in the water, as they continued dancing and twirling. I found it comical to see people dancing in the absence of music, their movements were disjointed, and the scene looked rather strange.

But when I looked a little closer, I realized that all the dancers wore headsets, dancing to their own tunes, disconnected from the sounds of the outside world.

As I was standing there watching the scene, I thought how similar life is. We all ‘dance’ and live to the tune of the voice in our head that no-one else hears. Often, the dance makes very little sense to others, and it may look strange, and void of rhythm and it is because they can’t hear our thoughts and don't know our story - the music of our life.

This lack of knowledge often leads to misunderstandings, and conflict and the only way to prevent them is to ask and converse about what tune our loved ones and friends dance to, and what they are thinking.

This leads me to the question that I often ask: Do our dogs' minds work the same way as ours do, or are they void of thoughts? And if they do not have the same busy mind, what would it feel like not to think?

Unfortunately, we humans do not have a choice. During the past 400 000 plus years, we have evolved into a walking, talking, thinking, species and there's not much we can do about it. Despite even the most advanced meditation and spiritual teachings, our minds are busy, assessing and evaluating our surroundings. I guess that the original purpose of our busy mind was survival, the problem is that we live in a much busier, and sometimes overwhelming, world that results in "gigabytes" of mental noise.

We have also evolved to judge each other's 'life dance', and judging them as being 'off rhythm', while we can’t hear the other person’s song. We don't know the reasons why they act that way, or their life story.

We tend to focus on other peoples' flaws, as opposed to their strengths, the same way negative experiences seem to take over our thoughts, and sometimes lives. Perhaps this is because of our evolutionary past, where one mistake in judgement would turn us into a sabre-toothed tiger’s lunch, but as I said before, we now live in a different world where a positive outlook is the way to survive.

All we can do is remind ourselves to be kind and tolerant of the mistakes others make, and do our best to see them in a positive light. The way we colour our world is up to us, and maybe we should treat each other the same way we treat our beloved dogs.

Let's try to be tolerant, forgiving and caring in 2021, and beyond.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year!

PS: I must share something with you that made me laugh. When I finished writing and editing this piece, I heard my voice saying: Peter, you are such a big mouth, just shut upppp! 🤣  Well, I am changing the song in my head to this: Good for you for conveying the message dogs have been trying to pass on! 🐶❤️

About the author

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM is an Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

Most Popular

  • Flying with dogs
    In my article, I share the personal story of how I'm able to fly with my dog, Pax, thanks to overcoming challenges with sleepwalking and night terrors. This unique experience not only allowed me to travel with my service dog but also serves as a reminder that even difficult situations can have positive outcomes.
  • dog and pony
    Successful communication is essential for building healthier and more fulfilling relationships and happier lives. In this article, I'll share with you 8 communication hacks to help you avoid unnecessary drama, prioritize active listening and address conflicts effectively.
  • Dalmatian eating fruit
    Can dogs eat bananas, apples, strawberries and other fruit? What about grapes? Find out what fruits are safe, toxic, and healthy for dogs. Learn about the potential health benefits and risks of feeding fruit to your canine companion, and get tips on the ideal time to feed it.
  • Illustration of the anatomy of a heart
    As dog lovers, we all want our beloved pups to live long and healthy lives. Protecting your dog's heart from potential health issues is important, and in this blog Dr. Dobias shares some key points that you might not yet be aware of, read on to find out what you can do to keep your dog's heart safe. 

Dog Health

  • Husky lying on blanket with heart toy
    Dogs have our hearts and that is why we need to protect their heart. Dog’s as they age often face muscle problems and spinal misalignment and you might be surprised to know how that can hurt their heart. Learn how to protect your dog’s spine and by extension their heart.
  • The secret ingredient for a perfect No. 2
    Dogs and humans have evolved side-by-side but they are still quite different when it comes to their digestive tracts and dietary habits. We have studied their original environments such as the soils of the African savanna and consulted with top experts in the field of probiotics and microbiology to come up with a combination that reflects healthy bacterial flora of canines.
  • Man being pointed at
    Criticism can hurt a brand, but constructive feedback can help it grow. In this blog Dr. Dobias talks about the differences between these approaches, and how to handle the power of influence and opinion with care. 
  • Broccoli with vitamins and minerals
    Are you worried that your and your dog's diet is missing something? Maybe you're worried about toxin levels in food, the environment, or flea and tick products. Let's face it; we can't remove ourselves entirely from our toxin-filled world, but we can do things to reduce our exposure to harmful substances. 

Human health

  • Dr. Dobias with Pax
    How do you navigate the seas of life? How do you deal with disappointment? Whatever life throws at us, we can always rely on our dogs to bring joy into our days. In this blog I share my thoughts on the support our dogs provide during the difficult moments in life. 
  • Why 1 in 4 Americans suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
    Learn more about the alarming prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) affecting 1 in 4 Americans. Discover its main risk factors, diagnosis methods, and treatment options to better manage or prevent this silent yet severe condition. 
  • A new perspective on brain health, memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and dementia in people and dogs
    The Science of DHA and the Brain: Omega-3 fatty acids, primarily DHA, are the unsung heroes of brain health. They play crucial roles in brain physiology and biological activities, with exciting links between Omega-3 levels and cognitive function. Higher DHA levels have been shown to preserve the integrity of the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB), your brain's security system
  • Dr. Dobias and Pax
    It appears that most of the world is ready for change, but whenever I think about the solutions to any of the problems that plague our world, I can’t prevent myself from thinking that we humans are acting like little toddlers who have broken a toy and do not know how to fix it. Despite my generally optimistic attitude, I have had a hard time staying positive at times because I know how complex this all is. Read here for some tools that make me feel good about the world, which I would like to share with you.

News, stories and good life

  • Dr. Peter Dobias with his dog Pax on his lap
    Do you have trouble staying positive during difficult times? These days we are surrounded by a lot of negative messaging, and it's easy to let that get you down. Here are some of my tips for remaining positive, and don't forget to share your tips with me!
  • Man raising fist on a mountain
    Most of us have been exposed to panic-inducing information about the virus spread, however, I have noticed the general absence of one piece of information, how to make your immune system stronger and body more resilient. (It will definitely not happen by stockpiling toilet paper!) I have always loved immunology and the current situation has prompted me to put together two simple lists on how to increase your dog’s and your own immunity.
  • Man with dog wearing a collar
    Does your dog have ear problems, nasal or oral tumors, reverse sneezing or an  itchy head or hair loss on their head? Learn how you can address some of these problems and save thousands in vet care costs.
  • Terrier eating raw food
    Now there is no need to guess if there is something missing in your dogs diet.  The HairQ Test is a highly accurate test for mineral deficiencies, toxins and heavy metals in dogs to finely tune your dog’s diet and supplement schedule.

By clicking "Continue" or continuing to use our site, you acknowledge that you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. We also use cookies to provide you with the best possible experience on our website. You can find out more about the cookies we use and learn how to manage them here. Feel free to check out our policies anytime for more information.




Your cart is currently empty.

Start Shopping