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What do dinosaurs have to do with COVID-19?

What do dinosaurs have to do with COVID-19?

How are you doing? Normally, I would thank you for looking after your dogs, but this time, please hug your dogs for me and thank them for looking after you. ❤️🐶

This crisis is far from over and we all have our own challenges. We now understand how much we took some of our comforts for granted. 

There are many ways to respond to a crisis, be it natural or man-made. The most dramatic natural crisis in the history of planet Earth was likely the impact of a meteorite that precipitated a mass extinction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. 

If our species walked the Earth then and survived the meteorite impact, we would likely consider the post impact period to be the worst time in our lives. However, looking back at the changes that transpired, I like the change.

I mean, who would want to live in a world full of dinosaurs?!?

In fact you and I exist thanks to dinosaur extinction. The animals who were most adaptable to the post impact period won, and that is also how our species evolved from small mammals and found its way onto “the world’s stage.”

There are two lessons to learn from the meteorite “crisis”
  1. The world can become a better place after a crisis.
  2. Those who were the most adaptable adjusted, found a new way, and thrived.

The history of humanity is full of examples of adaptable people, companies, and countries.

Do you remember the music or book revolutions? The big “dinosaurs”, music megastores and big bookstores, did all they could to maintain the status quo and resist change. Most of them are gone now. 

Apple and their iPod were "the meteorite" equivalent for the music industry. They adapted and thrived, while Sony, Toshiba, and other "dinosaurs" are on the verge of extinction. 

When it comes to books, everyone knows who the winner is: Amazon, the transformer extraordinaire. And while I am not thrilled about their dominance, Jeff Bezos deserves credit for being incredibly adaptable.

The car industry is no different. The karma of big car companies, who tried to slow down progress for decades is catching up with them now. The new kid on the block, Tesla, is now the most valuable car company, scaring the heck out of giants like GM, BMW, and Daimler.

Like anyone else, Elon Musk is a flawed human, but no one can deny he is ultra-adaptable. He has moved to a foreign country and created one successful company after another.

The healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are most difficult to change. The medical world is still dominated by dinosaurs, but based on the previous examples, I am hopeful that change is coming! 

I hope you will see these trying times as an opportunity to improve, transform, and adapt.

Perhaps there is a dream skill or job you never had time to pursue, and now you may. Maybe you want to work from a home office or have the option to work from anywhere via internet. Possibly, you want to learn how to paint, play an instrument, or open a YouTube channel, who knows!

Whatever it is, take a sticky note and write two words on it in big thick letters. 


In other words, be like your dog! 🐶

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.

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