Monday, September 23, 2019

Milliron Monday: Lollipop

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. 

The last several weeks have had hurdles - you know, the kind that you must jump over to get through whatever it is that is in your way; high hurdles. So, I've been a 'lil behind with Milliron Monday, but back at it and excited to share with you what's been happening in the Milliron arena, which includes the passing of my Quarter gelding, Mac. You see, Jody brought Mac to my stables several years ago. Mac passed away suddenly late in the evening of September 11th. We buried him the morning of September 13th. He was bitten by a snake. Now we know it was a timber rattlesnake. Although I never saw the snake and it was nighttime, all the signs were there. It's difficult to write this even now, so I'll save the story for another day. 

Jody was over last week, sharing more photos. I've posted new photos on the Milliron facebook page (if you'd like to see). One of the stories that Jody likes to tell is about Lollipop, her dear donkey. After moving from Colorado to SE Ohio and settling on Milliron Farm, Jody ran into a neighbor who wanted to sell a donkey. She knew she could raise the donkey and break it to drive a cart, as Jody is very good at breaking equines to drive a cart. 

Long story short, Jody bought the donkey from the neighbor. Upon arriving back at the farm, Dr. Smith eyed the donkey and smiled, "Where did she come from?" 

"I bought her from our neighbor," Jody said, very happy with her purchase.

"What? You actually paid money for that donkey? What a sucker," Dr. Smith grinned. 

So, Jody called the donkey Lollipop. Lollipop became an icon at Milliron Farm. Jody broke her to drive a cart. She became fast friends with Jessica and Pat, the two Smith children. Lollipop was the mother of Persimmon, both are showcased on the (former) Milliron Clinic mural as you enter the clinic. 

Pat and Jessica driving Lollipop. Melody, the coonhound, alongside.

Have a great week ahead.

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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