Corporal Bill Wynne bought Smokey for a whopping $6.44 in the 1940s, and brought the little Yorkie with him when he left to serve in the Pacific theater. This incredible dog was by Bill’s side through 150 air raids, 12 combat missions, and even lead Bill to safety during a Japanese bombing.
When Smokey wasn’t hanging with the boys and saving lives, she accompanied nurses on their rounds. Believe it or not, this little Yorkie was the first official therapy dog! That’s quite a legacy to leave behind, and one that both Smokey and Bill are very proud of.
By the time Smokey and Bill came back to their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, the little dog was already a sensation. Smokey took to the limelight like a natural and scored several spots on popular TV shows at the time. She could walk on a drum, ride a scooter, and several other similar tricks. Of course, the real treat was meeting the tiniest war hero.
The beloved dog died in 1957. I think we can all agree she lived a full and beautiful life, bringing joy and comfort to soldiers far away from home. Watch the video below to find out more about this incredible dog!SKM: below-content placeholder