Monday, February 17, 2020

Milliron Monday: Robert McIntosh 2 17 2020

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. 

Recently I came across An Australian's Story by Robert McIntosh. I had been in contact with McIntosh several years ago when I was writing Dr. Smith's biography. Dr. Smith and McIntosh knew each other from a horseback riding vacation; Dr. Smith was the vacationer and McIntosh was the tour guide. Dr. Smith enjoyed his travels with McIntosh so much that he wrote about his journey. Dr. Smith's Panama travel journal is recorded in Milliron.

In 2018, McIntosh wrote his book An Australian's Story about his life "rich in incident and anecdote which he recounts with verve, passion and a fine portion of personal sarcasm and humor." His book is about growing up in Australia's outback, university, successful business, and horse back riding around the world. Besides his own anecdotes, McIntosh writes about Dr. Smith. He also shares the same travel journal that I shared in Milliron. Here's the intro to Dr. Smith's adventure in An Australian's Story...

Many years later, when horse riding and the company of the fellow riders became a most enjoyable affair, I decided to organize an ocean to ocean event, midway along the Panamanian coast from the inland town of Santa Fe on the Pacific side, to the Caribbean coast.
     The following is an ad verbatim report written of the horse ride which six of us undertook, as written by our horse riding companion friend, Pete Smith. I recently received a request for it from Gina McKnight, who was writing a biography about Dr. Pete Smith DVM and was looking for insights into his riding experiences. The book, named Milliron*, has recently been published.
     I first met Pete during that Ecuador ride in November of 2000. We traded jokes continually during our ten day ride. What a character he was! He owned a large veterinary clinic south of Columbus, Ohio. His brother had once been a New York mayoral candidate. Pete was tragically killed recently when a log rolled on him as he was clearing a portion of his forest.
     I invited Pete and four more horse riding friends from the U.S. to participate in this ride. It involved a seven day ocean to ocean crossing from the Pacific Ocean side of Panama, across the tropical mountain range, to the Caribbean. 

Congratulations to McIntosh for writing his accomplishments. I appreciate the connection and enjoyed talking with McIntosh about his travel with horses. McIntosh incorrectly writes the title of Dr. Smith's biography as *Millpond. It's Milliron (I corrected the title in this post)Read Dr. Smith's record of his adventure in Milliron


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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