Monday, November 5, 2018

Milliron Monday: At the Dance 11 5 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. 

After high school, Pete enrolled in Colorado A&M, Fort Collins, Colorado; becoming Colorado State University in 1957. There he met Jody, the love of his life. This week we revisit a formal dance - April 25, 1959 - one year before Jody would graduate from Colorado State University and the birth of their first child, Jessica, the following summer. From Milliron: Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M. The Biography Chapter 3: Pete and Jody...

An April 1959 picture of Pete and Jody at a Tri-Delta dance captures them in the throes of infatuation. Jody, in a light blue formal evening gown, stands alongside Pete in his spiffy gray suit. They are the image of young love. It was at this point that Pete and Jody became a couple; horseback riding, nights under the Colorado stars, and occasional out-on-the-town dates as Pete could afford. Jody’s short hair, easy demeanor, and horse-girl savvy kept Pete engaged and determined to keep Jody as his own. 

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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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