Monday, March 18, 2019

Milliron Monday: Celebrating Betsy 3 18 19

Betsy Hammer at the Movie Premier of Jack and Jill
Artist, RSM Records 
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. 

Today we celebrate the success of former Milliron Clinic employee and friend of the Smith family, Betsy Hammer! From 1972 to 1975, Betsy was a favorite Milliron employee. A beautiful singing voice, Betsy was known for singing while she worked -  handling animals, greeting clients, and helping Dr. Smith in his daily practice. Betsy writes...

“My duties included cleaning all the cages for the animals, cleaning stalls, helping Dr. Smith during surgery, running the anesthesia machine, walking the animals, greeting patients at the front desk, answering phones, scrubbing the floors, and doing anything and everything that anyone who assisted Dr. Smith had to do; dealing with horses, pigs, and cows, dogs, birds, and cats and everything.
“One Saturday night, it was around 11 p.m., I was still working and Pete looked at me and said, ‘Do you want to go on one of the most exciting experiences of your whole life? Come on. Grab your purse, let’s go.’ So, I grab my purse, we hop into his truck, drove up the road and pull into a long driveway. At the top of the driveway was a farmer who escorted us to his barn where a cow was lying in a stall about to give birth, but she had was having a breech birth and she had to have a C-section. The farmer went for some boiling hot water. I held the lantern for Dr. Smith while he injected the animal, then opened the cow, and pulled out a calf.
     “I had to be the farmer because Pete said to me, ‘Grab a leg!’ I had to grab both legs. Pete grabbed the other two legs, and we began swinging it and swinging the calf in the middle of the barn. Moments later the calf stood up, as calves do, and it truly was one of the most memorable experiences of my life helping Pete Smith deliver and bring to life that beautiful young calf.”

Now, living in Hollywood, California, Betsy enjoys being an actress, voice coach, singer, and songwriter. Her most recent endeavor - Me Too video produced by RSM Records. Listen, like, and share here

Congratulations, Betsy, on your success! Sending well wishes from everyone at Milliron and the Ohio Valley! 

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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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