While reflecting on the real reason we are celebrating with a three-day weekend, I remembered some pretty incredible Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) who participated in the wars.
One such Yorkie who was called Smokey, served two years active duty in the Asiatic and Pacific in WW2. She was found in a foxhole when she was a little over a year old. Even though the war was scary place for Smokey,she lived through 150 air raids and was a crew member on 12 air-sea rescues and never got motion sickness. Her true service came when she was asked to take a wire through a seventh foot long pipe that was under an airstrip. Her owner Bill, knew in his heart, that she could do it. She was smart and definitely the right size as the pipe was only eight inches high. However the pipe had mold in it and in some places mud partially closed the pipe to about four inches. Both Bill and Smokey were a little more than apprehensive.
As a trial run, Bill tied a string to her and pointed her into the pipe. He then went to the other end and called out for her to come. Smokey headed through the pipe only to have the string get hung up once, but then was able to release it to keep going. Finally Bill saw the gleam of her eyes and called her name and she ran the last 15 feet.
Smokey ate C-rations and took vitamins. Bill’s helmet was her bathtub. She traveled over 40,000 miles in her lifetime and lived a full and rewarding life with her best friend Bill.
My dad was stationed in France for part of his tour and he used to tell me that the French army used Yorkies to deliver messages.
Yes the Yorkie is not just another pretty face or fluffy lap dog. They have the heart of a lion and the soul of a wolf! Both my Chloe and Bella gave years of service visiting hospice patients and their families. To quote my favorite commercial:
“You’re my buddy, my pal, my friend ……..and we’ll be that way til the end. Wherever we go I want you to know………you’re my buddy, my pal, my friend.”
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend – remembering those those who have fought to protect us so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life for it all .
Until next time……..