Monday, October 8, 2018

Milliron Monday: Remembering Arvin 10 8 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 southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. Follow along every Milliron Monday to revisit Dr. Smith's biography. 

As a veterinarian for many years in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith had many clients who became friends; friends who became clients. On October 6, 2018, a favorite Milliron Clinic client, Arvin Wells, passed away at the age of 91. Mr. Wells contributed to Dr. Smith's Tails of a Country Vet - a collection of stories and poems. Here is Mr. Wells' submission...

  Death of a Dog: for Sandy

(c) Arvin Wells

We know that her death
Was only a minute subtraction
From the sum of things
We have almost everything left
That counts in a human way ~
Wife, husband, son and daughter
Soon we grow accustomed
To her absence
She will no longer haunt our halls
With the click of her tags
She will take her allotted place
In the larger perspective
Of our lives ~ a happy moment
And so we can well afford the
Little interval of grief we owe a creature
Who always did her best to respond
To the mystery of our human needs
Who was tender and vulnerable and
Idiotically in love with us all.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Arvin Wells. Thank you, Arvin, for your beautiful poem of animal love. Thank you for putting your feelings into words to be read by future generations. 

ATHENS - A memorial service for Arvin Robert Wells, 91, of Athens will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace, Athens with Rev. Deborah Woolsey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, The Dairy Barn, Ohio University or The Friends of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha's Vineyard.
Arvin died Aug. 15, 
2018 at The Lindley Inn. Arrangements were with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at

Published in The Athens Messenger on Oct. 3, 2018

If you have a story photo, or other memory to share about Dr. Smith, please send it to to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II.

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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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