The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Tiny War Dog Saved Soldiers’ Lives in WWII and Became First Therapy Dog The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Tiny War Dog Saved Soldiers’ Lives in WWII and Became First Therapy Dog

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Tiny War Dog Saved Soldiers’ Lives in WWII and Became First Therapy Dog


A tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky may not have looked tough, but the dog was a seasoned war veteran by the end of World War II. Not only that, her owner credited her with saving his life and she became the first ever registered therapy dog after the war.

Smoky was first discovered in an abandoned foxhole in the New Guinea jungle by an American soldier in February 1944. The soldiers originally thought she belonged to a Japanese soldier, but she did not understand commands in either English or Japanese, leaving her origins unknown.

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