Monday, February 22, 2021

Milliron Monday: Eleven Years 2 22 2021

Rhonda Curfman, Jody Smith, and Eric Curfman at Milliron Clinic 2010

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. 

Today is the anniversary of Dr. Smith's death. I think about the many family members and clients/friends he left behind. I think about the journey of writing, the many people I met along the way who I count as friends, and most of all, spending hours with Jody, hearing about Dr. Smith and her many stories as a veterinarian's wife.

I remember the first time Pat (Dr. Smith's son), Jody and I met to talk about Dr. Smith's biography. I had a good outline but needed a book cover for inspiration. We were meeting in Pat's office when I saw the beautiful framed print (above) of Dr. Smith on his horse, Unique. It resonated as a possible book cover for Milliron. I created a mockup with the photo, and Pat agreed that was to be the cover.

The photo was taken by Rhonda and Eric Curfman of West Virginia. Jody and I traveled to the Curfman's ranch, visited with their horses and looked at the many photos of their trail rides. Rhonda and Eric are seasoned horse people - riding many miles with Dr. Smith - from backwoods to exotic trails along the equator.

The photo of Dr. Smith was taken in 2009 during a ride at Middle Mountain in West Virginia. Dr. Smith was watching a buzzard eat something dead in the valley below - the lighting was right, the scenery was set; the perfect shot for a book cover. 

The caption on the framed photo reads...

Dr. A.P. Smith was a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, and my best friend. We followed him many times to many beautiful places. His companionship was as enjoyable as the sights we saw. Now he is leading us on our last journey and in time, when we are ready, we will be with him again in another beautiful place. 
~ Eric A. Curfman


Enjoy your journey. 
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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Milliron Monday: Eleven Years 2 22 2021

Rhonda Curfman, Jody Smith, and Eric Curfman at Milliron Clinic 2010 Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M. June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010 ...