"This is the real Bob Miller. I framed your letter and hung it on my wall."
This call led to a friendship and eventually to an invitation to speak at a veterinary conference at Land's End Lodge. So
in August of 2005, I took a series of five flights, the last in a single-engine seaplane, to Point Baker, accompanied by my
son and my 9-year-old grandson. The experience was unforgettable. Even if we hadn't caught any fish—but we did, including
a 35-lb halibut and lots of salmon—the week would have been overwhelming. To enjoy the indescribably gorgeous scenery, the
perfect weather, the camaraderie of a great group of colleagues, Pat Miller's wonderful cooking, and Bob Miller's gracious
hospitality all in the company of my only son and only grandson was a great gift.
Have I ever mentioned who my clinic partner was when I was a student at Colorado State University? Yes, it was Bob Miller.
To avoid confusion, I was Bob and he was Robert. Robert E. Miller, DVM, practiced for many years in Wyoming and Colorado.
I'm going to organize the BMVMA—the Bob Miller Veterinary Medical Association. If the Internal Revenue Service questions it,
I'll explain that BM is a medical term and VMA is self-explanatory.
Robert M. Miller, DVM, is an author and a cartoonist, speaker, and Veterinary Medicine Practitioner Advisory Board member from Thousand Oaks, Calif. His thoughts in "Mind Over Miller" are drawn from 32 years
as a mixed-animal practitioner. Visit his Web site at
Dr. Robert M. Miller