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.
One of the Smith's cats, Trefa was a favorite. Traveling with the Smith's from Colorado to Ohio, Trefa was well-known for her antics!
From Milliron, The Biography...
Pete worked at Kraxberger’s Diary vetting cattle. Trefa was a barn cat at the Dairy and Pete brought her home. One evening Pete was taking his usual bath and Trefa, now the family housecat walked by. Pete gently picked Trefa up and put her in the bathtub. Distressed, the cat jumped out, shaking her feet. Jody watched the entire incident in disbelief, she recalls.
“You are going to pay for that,” she told him.
“Nah, she wouldn’t dare.”
“Trefa sashayed out of the bathroom,” Jody continues, “and we went to bed. About three in the morning, I heard Pete cussing away! Pete jumped up and then started laughing. The cat that never urinated in the house jumped onto Pete’s shoulder and peed. Pete thought it was hilarious. He went to take another shower while I changed the bedding. Trefa ruled the house. I tried to introduce two kittens, but Trefa swiftly disemboweled them. Pete was out on large animal calls at the time. I rushed them to the Athens Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Bratton repaired them. I was able to find the kittens a new home.”
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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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