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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Journaling about personal journey and thoughts as well as stories about a vet's life.
Nov
13

That Dog Can Run!

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I heard the first crack followed by a loud pop. My hands tightened around the tree branches hoping that would save me in the event that things decided to go south, literally. I clung to the snow-covered limb not moving a muscle. So far things seemed to be holding. I could see the ground some 60 to 70 foot below me all covered in snowy powder from the night before, and I knew it would be of little cushion if I fell out of this tree.

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Jan
20

Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

Hello, Blog World! I want to share with you what happened to me a day or two ago. I was lectured at by Daisy Fuentes, the supermodel of MTV and AFV fame. So, since she publically shamed me, I feel the need to publicly respond. (Okay, more like I want to respond.)

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Oct
03

Video: Stress Relief

Video: Stress Relief

There are lots of ways to reduce stress. However, I tend to look for healthy ways to devolve the days. Hard work, dogs, and getting dirty. Here's a little insight to my fall afternoons.

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Sep
28

The Craziest Day of My Life!

The Craziest Day of My Life!

A few weeks ago, the Bob and Sheri Show took calls for people who had life experiences where things got out of hand. They described it as, "A day where you needed to blow a whistle and have everything stop!" I had one of those days nearly 16 years ago. Yes, I know that there are similar days, events, hard hours to trudge through since, but nothing like this day. (I called in to the show and got on! But, I wanted to tell you the rest of the story.)

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Mar
29

I’ve Never Seen a Dog So Happy.

I’ve Never Seen a Dog So Happy.

It’s not a secret that I am very involved with my scout Troop 0828. We have a lot of fun, and our adventures have even been featured blogs here on my site. However, every new hike or campout brings alive a new story that teaches me something I never expected.

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Feb
16

Reflections: I am so embarrassed!

Reflections: I am so embarrassed!

I tend to stay away from the dark side of Veterinary medicine, and focus upon the good things going on in the world. There is way too much hate and extraordinary attempts to focus on dark things by too many that I just tend to look at the lighter side.

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Feb
09

The Day I Almost Killed My Father and Grandfather.

The Day I Almost Killed My Father and Grandfather.

Holiday season at my grandparents house in northwestern Ohio was always an adventure. The stories and memories I have of those days are some of my most treasured. Life was so different then compared to now. Even the world was different. My best explanation is, "We are the last Andy Griffith generation." For you older folks, you understand what I mean.

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Nov
13

Thoughts before a 20-mile hike.

Thoughts before a 20-mile hike.

As many of you may know, I have been involved with scouting since 2002. That's when my oldest Son, Alyn became a Tiger Cub in Cub Scouts. From there he worked his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. I am very proud of his achievements. My youngest son, Ken has followed in his footsteps and should complete his Eagle Scout this year. I am determined to help him anyway I can to meet his goals.

So, to spend time with my boys, in a productive manner that's challenging and fun, I have immersed myself into the scout lifestyle, becoming the Scout Master for Troop 828. It is a joy. Seriously, if you have boys, you should join scouting and stick with it! (That's a sermon for another day).

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Aug
25

Reflections: An Open Letter To My Dog

Reflections: An Open Letter To My Dog

Dear Echo;

I love you, dog. Really, I do. It’s just so hard for me to express my love for you the way you want to receive love. See, your ways are not my ways, but it doesn't matter because I have the utmost respect for you. I totally understand you have certain things that you insist on having in your life that I simply find...well...not to my liking.

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Jul
14

Reflections: Boy Scout Camp. 2015

Reflections: Boy Scout Camp. 2015

One of the greatest things I have ever been involved with is Scouting. Many years ago, when my boys were young, we were introduced to Cub Scouts. My oldest son, Alyn, joined the Tiger Cubs all the way back in the first grade and right before he turned 18, earned his Eagle Scout award. His younger brother, Ken, has followed in his footsteps and is working hard to also earn his Eagle.

I became ScoutMaster for Troop 828 here in the London area five years ago after leaving Cub Scouts with my boys as they grew older. Scouting is simply an awesome venue to teach boys how to be good men. I learned that lesson early with my own boys.

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Jul
07

Reflections: A Dog was Hit by Lightning!

Reflections: A Dog was Hit by Lightning!

Back when I was young and had all my hair, I had recently moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas where I had just left a practice and started the process of buying Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital. During that time, I worked for Dr. Campbell Mercer, the former owner, for 6 months while we finished the transfer of ownership.

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Jul
03

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

Regardless of our differences, we are AMERICANS! Tough, rugged, independent, and a bit headstrong. Be safe and as Always, God Bless!

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Jun
16

Reflections: I Pray, A LOT!

Reflections: I Pray, A LOT!

Many years ago I was delighted to have three of the most wonderful ladies come into my clinic I've ever met. They didn't spend much time at my hospital, but their impact was far-reaching in my daily walk. In that brief encounter, they taught me so much about prayer and about life.

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May
19

Reflections: Jump!

Reflections: Jump!

Growing up in Southeastern Kentucky was awesome! I had a great childhood. Sure, it was full of all sorts of growing pains, but the mountains were wonderful babysitters. My friends and I would spend nearly all of our time outside in the woods, and the adventures we went on were some of my best memories even unto this day.

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Apr
28

The Rabid Vet: Travels

The Rabid Vet: Travels

Being in this awesome profession has afforded me the opportunity to see much of the United States. Mostly because in order to maintain my veterinary licenses, the Commonwealth of Kentucky requires that I secure 15 hours of continuing education every single year.

I enjoying teasing young graduate students with the mantra, "You're really never finished with school. It just keeps going, and going, and going…" But don't lose heart! Anything in life is what you make of it, and if you find CE a drudgery, then I would suggest a new approach. Attack it and learn something new.

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Apr
14

Reflections: A Mission Trip.

Reflections: A Mission Trip.

This past March, I had the honor of being a small part of the Christian Veterinary Mission team that ministered in Eastern Appalachia. Our neighbors live in a very under-served area of the United States, and the loss of coal resources has left the area in rather dire straits. Our goal was to provide low-cost veterinary services to the pets and animals of that community where presently there are no local veterinarians. 

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Apr
03

Reflections: joy

Reflections: joy
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Joy: The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure;

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Mar
24

The Rabid Vet: Prayer on the Mountain

The Rabid Vet: Prayer on the Mountain

I was in a bad mood. A very bad mood. There was rarely a break during the calving season and I was totally worn out. Being too tired to drive with heavy eyes, I was sleeping in the cab of my mobile veterinary truck on the side of the road: not my idea of fun. I stunk, I was hungry, and I wanted to go home. That’s when the pager liked to tease me the most, and right on cue it started screaming at me (or laughing). With one eye open and the only two fingers that weren't bruised or cracked, I managed to open the digital message. Hurry Doc, I don’t think she’s gonna make it!

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Mar
06

Reflections: In the beginning...

Reflections: In the beginning...

Genesis 2:18-20 (KJV) 18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

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Feb
17

Dream Big: Humble Beginnings

Dream Big: Humble Beginnings

You can do it. Keep plugging along. Use the gifts that God has given you, and dream Big. I grew up in hills of Kentucky, and although we had plenty to eat and plenty of love, I was unaware of how hard things were for my parents until I was older. However, my socioeconomic status did NOT hinder me from following my dreams. I had my heart set on the University of Kentucky and becoming a veterinarian. I set my mind and learned to use the skills that would see me through to the finish.

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