Monday, July 5, 2021

Milliron Monday: Apple

January 1983 - Pete, Apple, Colonial, and Streak 

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), including his wife Jody (1938-2021). Pete, a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, and Jody lived life to the fullest. They continue to motivate and inspire.

Johnny Appleseed, also known as Apple, was the first foal from Cricket and Alrod. Apple's bloodline included Standardbred, Saddlebred, and Morgan. Apple became one of Pete's favorite mounts. He enjoyed Apple's ground covering trot and fast walk. Pete penned a poem in Apple's memory:

Requiem - My Horse
by Pete smith

How I loved you, Apple!
(and love the memory of you still)
Rush of hare-brained gallop,
Earnest walk, flashing trot
Honest smell of sweat and manure
of Levi's and leather
Esthetic experience of flow
of form and function
Raw joy of oneness with nature
Your crafty innocence
Solo time with my therapist
Illusion at its best
Thank you, Apple, for the chance
to glimpse the power
and the glory
and the majesty
of God himself!

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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