SMOKY ― First THERAPY DOG

The First Therapy Dog was a Yorkie named Smoky.

"When Army Air Force veteran Bill Wynne bought a scraggly little puppy from another soldier in Nadzab, New Guinea, in 1943, he never could have imagined the little Yorkie becoming an internationally recognized war dog more than 50 years later."

Smoky served during WWII  from January 1943 to November 1945, and later toured hospitals and nursing homes.

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Smoky
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Bill Wynne and Smoky
photo from Mansfield News Journal

A monument in Cleveland Ohio honoring Smoky
Wikipedia photo

photo from Mansfield News Journal