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What to do when someone steals your wings

From Icarus to Inspiration: Overcoming obstacles and soaring high

Just a few days ago, I had the chance to see Cirque du Soleil. Many of you have heard of this unique and extraordinary company, founded by Guy Laliberté, a dreamer entrepreneur who transformed a small troupe in Montreal, Canada, into a worldwide phenomenon that has awed and inspired millions. 

One of their performances that is most memorable to me is the Flight of Icarus. From the midnight blue darkness of the big top, a brightly lit white-winged Icarus emerges, falling to the ground while moving his wings back and forth in slow motion.


When he hits the ground, people gather around him, poking and prodding his limp body, eventually stealing his wings, tying him up in a fishing net, and hoisting him back up into the dark sky.

That is when the motionless, limp Icarus frees himself from the net and manages to fly again despite having lost his wings.

We all face situations in life when we get burned, we fall, or others try to take away our wings — our purpose, passion, or hope — but as the story says, we can fly even without our wings.

When it comes to health and dogs, there will always be people who will try to clip our wings of exploration and courage by discounting or ridiculing the achievements of others.

Recently, after the world’s oldest dog, Bobi, passed away, a British veterinarian started a campaign to have him disqualified from the Guinness World Records because he was fed homemade unprocessed food. How ridiculous!

I am appalled by the actions of this veterinarian, as I am absolutely certain that Bobi’s age was real. No matter who was behind this smear campaign, you and I know very well that feeding natural species-appropriate food is better for the health of all dogs.

There will always be people who attempt to steal the wings of others, but that cannot prevent us from raising our collective consciousness, knowledge, and wisdom.

I love what Vaclav Havel, the first democratically elected president of the Czech Republic, once said:  

"Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.”

In light of recent events, I have decided to donate my time to organize short, impromptu, free consultation sessions to connect with you and answer questions you may have. I already ran one session last week, and it was really fun.

Upcoming free consultation opportunity 

The next session will be on Wednesday, November 22nd 2023, at 10:15 am PST.

Five spots will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis — so make sure you're on time!  FYI, the session will be recorded and shared for others to learn from, and by participating in the session, you are giving us consent to do so. 

We will post the link to join on our Facebook page, so make sure you are there at the session start time. If you can’t get in, it means that all of the spots have already been taken.

Take care, and have a great day! 


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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