Monday, July 15, 2019

Milliron Monday: It's an ox! 7 15 19

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

Above, Dr. Smith's Milliron Clinic, Athens, Ohio. 
June 16, 2017 Photo courtesy Joy Miller-Upton

The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God, 
the herdsman goads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet. 
William Butler Yeats 

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. 

The Milliron Clinic parking lot was the gathering place for many clients, pets, neighbors, family, and friends. Stories from events ranging from the weird to the unusual - and there were the usual clients as well who were having a normal day and made their way into the clinic waiting room without drama (or trauma). However, a few times Dr. Smith and his staff have been torn away from usual day-to-day duties to see what in the world was happening in the parking lot! Here's a sample...

On a sunny summer day, a regular Milliron Clinic client is sitting in her car in the parking lot, window rolled down. She is waiting for her family who is inside the clinic with their pet. After a while, the woman in the car leans her head back on the headrest and dozes off. Without any notice, one of the Milliron Farm oxen (very large beast) lumbers to the woman's car and gives her a big lick on the face. If you've ever seen an oxen's tongue, you know they are rough (and probably smelly, too). Now awake, the woman screams in horror as the oxen stares into her eyes. The oxen, definitely scared of the woman, lumbers back to the lower pasture where he knows he will be safe. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Smith and his staff, as well as clients inside the clinic, hear the woman screaming. They run to see what's going on in the parking lot. The woman gasps as she tries to explain the horror of it all. "The ox... he licked my face! I was taking a nap and next thing I know there's these big dark eyes staring into mine!" Slobber still oozing down her blouse, she hesitates getting out of the car, afraid the beast may still be in the vicinity. Finally, with the help of Dr. Smith, laughter could be heard barreling through the parking lot. 

What was a harrowing event for the woman, became a fantastic tale. Just another day at Milliron Clinic, where you could expect the unexpected. 

Read more about the life and times of Dr. Smith in his biography Milliron.

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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