Monday, March 29, 2021

Milliron Monday: Journey to Fernwood 3 29 21

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. 

It's always a fun day when I get to hang out with Jody Smith. Last Thursday, we traveled to Fernwood Farm, the home of fine artist Kelly Lincoln. Also known as The Pig Patch, Fernwood Farm is home to a menagerie; chickens, sheep, pigs (mostly), one cat, one dog, and lots of creativity. Jody and I traveled State Route 550 - a scenic route of Amish buggies (although we didn't see any), Spring forsythia and daffodils, farmers tilling their fields, and rolling SE Ohio countryside.

Arriving to Fernwood, we were greeted by the mixed blue-tick hound, Cookie and his feline companion. Sheila and Darla, the Fernwood sheep, were happy to receive visitors. The sound of "oinks" quickly got our attention and we caught up on all the pig-happenings - new pigs, our favorite pig (George), old pigs, curly pig (Jane), momma pig (Sally who is pregnant), and all the mini-pigs. 

George is so much fun. He is my penpal (well, not really, that would be Kelly). George sends me all kinds of cool mail. So cool that Kelly and I have collaborated for a new book Mail from Fernwood (tentative title), where George is the spotlight. Visit our Pinterest page to read some of George's handiwork. We are excited about this project and hope you will be, too! 

After we visited with all the animals, we ate lunch at The Galley, a super spot for lunch and conversation (they have great coffee). Back to Fernwood, we thanked our gracious host, said our goodbyes and headed for home.

Jody and I talked about the many times she traveled State Route 550 to help Pete with veterinarian errands. She described how the windy road could be treacherous in the wintertime. We reminisced about Pete and the many stories that make up Milliron

Sometimes there are no words to explain the comfort of good friends. I look forward to seeing Jody again and making the journey to Fernwood.

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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