Have a fun and safe long weekend everyone and remember to give recognition and thanks to those in the military service who have died or were injured in the course of their duties to protect our freedom.

Also not to be forgotten are the war dogs that have also played their part in the military like the tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky who was found bedraggled and starving in a foxhole in the New Guinea jungle. No one knows her origin, but she was highly intelligent and was taught many tricks, entertaining troops in camps and hospitals from Australia to Korea. She also became a war dog in Luzon, January 1945 by helping troops bring a communications cable through an eight inch pipe, that was seventy feet  long, under a runway. Pulling a string with the wires attached, she scrambled along the entire length of pipe, climbing through piles of sand that had accumulated along the way. Without her help, the taxi strip would have had to been closed down while a culvert was dug, exposing the planes to bombing. Now that’s one patriotic pooch! For more on Smoky visit: http://www.smokywardog.com/.

Here’s a picture of Smoky:


Here’s a picture of my Patriotic Pooch Kaya: