Big things come in small packages, right? Such is the case with Smoky, the four-pound Yorkshire terrier that flew combat missions in World War II. Smoky was found in a foxhole by an American soldier and was sold to Corporal Bill Wynn for about $6. Wynn kept Smoky on the battlefield and in the fighter planes for the next two years, teaching him tricks and allowing him to comfort wounded soldiers along the way. This earned Smoky the distinction of being the first therapy dog on record.
Smoky’s career as a joy-giver didn’t stop with the war, either – he performed with Wynn onstage at hospitals and military functions for another 10 years after VE day.
Smokey comforted soldiers during World War II. Wynn chronicles his adventures with Smokey in the book, Yorkie Doodle Dandy.