Smoky Memorial Featured on NPR Morning Edition

We’re pleased to share a story about the Smoky memorial in the Rocky River Metroparks (near Cleveland) that was broadcast nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition show on August 3, 2011! In the clip, Paul Cox of Cleveland NPR member station WCPN talks about Smoky and the memorial on NPR’s “Honey, Stop The Car!” series about roadside memorials across the country. Mr. Cox also interviews Bill Wynne (Smoky’s owner/trainer/companion) and his dear friend, Jim Strand, whose tireless efforts allowed the memorial to be created.

Listen to the clip below, or visit for a text transcript or to download an .mp3 of the clip. You can also see a few Smoky pictures and some other memorials featured on the “Honey, Stop The Car!” series.

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Many thanks to the folks at NPR and Cleveland member station WCPN 90.3 for the Smoky memorial piece, and allowing us to post the audio and a link to the NPR website. And very special thanks goes out to Jim Strand, for everything he’s done.


  1. I heard the NPR story this summer about Smoky and I just finished reading the book, what a great story. The love and trust between Bill and Smoky is truly inspiring. The book also give a good sense of time and place, nicely written. I look forward to the next book that I hear is in the works.

  2. Yorkie Doodle Dandy is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I just posted my thoughts on it here - and Smoky is also featured on our group’s website page about gallant dogs of war –

    It was a privilege to be able to read her story. Thank you.

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