Monday, August 27, 2018

Milliron Monday: Young Pete 8 27 18

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeastern, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. Follow along every Milliron Monday to revisit Dr. Smith's biography. 

Continuing with Chapter 1, Strong Bow, we see Pete as a young boy living in Maine, spending a portion of his summer vacation with his Grammy Smith, the fascinating artist who lived along the coast (where the above photo was taken). As a child, Pete was introduced to culture - mythology, books, writing, reading, arts - and farm life, where he learned the value of nature and the joy of animals. It was here that Pete decided that he wanted to become a veterinarian, a vocation that would take him far in life, impacting thousands of animals and their owners.

Writing about Dr. Smith has been a fascinating journey. In many ways, the journey continues, including Milliron Monday, but also, I enjoy spending time with Pete's widow, Jody; there are still stories to hear, clients to meet, and pictures to see. Recently, I visited Pete's son, Pat. I went into Pat's office and my friend, who was along for the ride, stayed in my truck in the parking lot. Pat looked out his window and said, "Who's in your truck?" I smiled. "Oh," I said, "it's one of Pete's former clients. We're on our way to Marietta." I met so many of Pete's clients and friends while researching his biography, many of them have become very good friends.

Visit Milliron Monday to read past posts about Dr. Smith. Read more about Pete in his biography. I enjoy reading your great reviews! Milliron is available locally at Little Professor Book Center, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, and AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks do not have to be purchased online to write a review, you just have to have an account with the online bookstore.

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

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