Bill Wynne and his Yorkies Meet World’s Smallest Working Dog

Bill Wynne and his Yorkies, Smoky Too and Sadie, had a wonderful meeting with the world’s smallest working dog, Lucy and her owner Sally yesterday. Lucy weighs in at just 2.5 pounds and was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest working dog for her work as a therapy dog. The meeting occurred at the Smoky and Dogs of All Wars memorial (and Smoky’s final resting place) in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Lucy and Sally arrived in Cleveland, OH with a wonderful TV crew from British TV studio ITV, who were there to film the meeting for a TV show called “Super Tiny Animals.”

Head over to cleveland.com to read more about the meeting. Smoky and Lucy both have their own pages on Facebook, so please consider “liking” them to receive updates via Facebook!

Check back later for some photos of the event on this blog and Smoky’s Facebook page!

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 npr.org 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.

TV interview with Smoky sculpture creator, Susan Bahary

Below is a recent KTNV channel 13 Las Vegas interview with talented sculptor Susan Bahary. Susan Bahary created the Smoky sculpture for the war dog memorial in the Cleveland Metroparks (Rocky River reservation). The interview features the Smoky sculpture, as well as some of Susan Bahary’s other war dog pieces.

NOTE: 3/23/10: This video is currently unavailable, and we are working to obtain another copy if it to share with all of you.

Bill Wynne video – NYC 2007

Here’s a video of Bill Wynne (along with Susan Bahary – sculptor of the Smoky memorial in the Cleveland Metroparks) from a 2007 trip to NYC: