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.
Dr. Smith's widow, Jody, is a good storyteller. As a veterinarian's wife, she has many endearing stories of animals (mostly horses), children (her own), Dr. Smith, etc. The story of Pat and Tinker Toy's mane is a favorite. Here's an excerpt from Milliron...
Horses are a Smith family icon. Jessica’s Shetland Pony, Tinker Toy, traveled from Colorado to Ohio with the Smith family. When Jessica outgrew Tinker Toy, she gave him to Pat who would ride him alongside Pete through the Milliron Farm trails. “Tinker Toy was rotten with adults, but good with children,” Jody recalls. “Pat came crying into our bedroom one summer night. He could hear the horses galloping in the pasture by the farmhouse. He had asked the day before why Tinker Toy’s mane had a ‘hole’ in his tangled mane. I told him it was the witches handhold. Pat didn’t want the witches riding his pony! I explained that I untangled Tinker’s mane and no witch would be riding. Pat finally went back to bed, comforted in knowing that Tinker Toy was okay.”
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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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