Strangers Send Thousands Of Dog Photos To Cheer Up Teen Cancer Patient

January 5, 2015 6:17 PM

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The teeny, tiny, four-pound Yorkshire terrier backpacked through the New Guinea jungle and cheered up injured soldiers. She's considered to be one of the first therapy dogs. And while a noble duty, this wasn't all little Smoky did to help the war effort. Her owner, Cpl. Bill Wynne found her incredibly easy to train. She performed intricate tasks, like stringing communication lines between the Philippines. Smoky, who passed in 1957, has been honored by the "Smoky Yorkie Doodle Dandy and Dogs of All Wars Memorial" statue in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you recognize this snout, it's because Man Ray the Weimaraner has been plastered on book covers, magazines, magnets and souvenirs since the 70s. Man Ray is the dog who inspired artist William Wegman to further develop his dog photography: While Wegman was experimenting with other kind of mediums,...

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