FurBabies by Nancy Beiman for May 19, 2024

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member 2 months ago

    Nice!

    My monitor is blurring again.

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    WelshRat Premium Member 2 months ago

    Excellent little fellow.

    Look up the PDSA Dickin Medal at some point. The ‘Animal Victoria Cross’, awarded to Animals that have gone above and beyond in service around the world. 36 Dogs, 32 Pigeons, 4 Horses and 1 Cat (Simon the HMS Amethyst cat during the Yangtse incident and BOY is his a heck of a story) have been awarded it.

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    Sue Ellen  2 months ago

    Thank you for your service, Smoky!

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    stairsteppublishing  2 months ago

    All dogs are rescue dogs. They make life so much nicer.

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    jmworacle  2 months ago

    Excuse me while I dry my eyes. Allergies you know.

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    mccollunsky  2 months ago

    Thank you Smoky.

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    Kidon Ha-Shomer  about 2 months ago

    this 1’s a keeper

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    arolarson Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Wonderful story, Smokey was a very good girl!

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    nancyb creator about 2 months ago

    That photo of Smoky in the GI helmet became very famous. Her career was even more amazing than what I was able to fit into the comic. When she died in 1957 her owner went to a remote location and buried her in an ammo case. A bronze monument was installed on her grave in 2005, in a park in Cleveland, Ohio. A duplicate sculpture is in the Air Force Museum. I think that Smoky deserved to be interred in a military cemetery.

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    nancyb creator about 2 months ago

    The best material on the “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” and how she got into that foxhole in the first place, can be found by Googling this title since I can’t link to it. “War Dogs Come in Different Sizes: The WWII Story of a Yorkshire Terrier Named Smoky”

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    BLUEBONNETS Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Or any other day.

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    goboboyd  about 2 months ago

    All those that serve.

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    nancyb creator about 2 months ago

    Smoky’s owner was taken to a military hospital with a high fever and his buddies brought Smoky to visit. This became a regular occurrence and nurses would carry Smoky to visit other sick and wounded soldiers. That is the story of the first Therapy Dog.

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    Tigrisan Premium Member about 2 months ago

    What a wonderful story. All rescue dogs are heroes. We’ve been rescuing Dobermans for 40+ years and our current has the worst story of abuse we’ve rescued yet. They all come from so many different backgrounds and Smokey was a true testament to the wonderful fearlessness of them all.

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    sarahbowl1 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    So neat! I learn something new every day!

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    ladykat  about 2 months ago

    What an inspiring little pup.

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    NewBurgundy  about 2 months ago

    A beautiful story! Thanks!

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    ❤️

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    tammyspeakslife Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I have a lump in my throat and tears. (❁´◡`❁)

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    tammyspeakslife Premium Member about 2 months ago

    She’s even mentioned in IMDb

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    feefers_  about 2 months ago

    Our mutt Barney was also a therapy dog. He and my mummy would visit an old people’s home. There was a lady there who had lost her speech due to a severe stroke. After three months of visiting, she spoke " Barney". Her daughter was there at the time. Everybody was in tears.

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    Rista  about 2 months ago

    “The little dog was afraid of nothing” Looks over at my bi colored Yorkie… Yup, that’s 100% Yorkie! When she was 9 weeks old she would attempt to launch herself into the air off the couch! She was paws-a-tivily sure she could fly.

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    Surly Squirrel Premium Member about 2 months ago

    This is great! I wouldn’t mind seeing more Sundays like this strip.

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    GSD Mom Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Blessed be all animal rescuers, as well as the animals they have rescued … who often return the favor many times over.

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    mousefumanchu Premium Member about 2 months ago

    If you’re in Cleveland and want to see her statue, it’s in the ROCKY RIVER RESERVATION. it’s not huge, but it’s almost life size for her.

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    daleandkristen  about 2 months ago

    I’m going to be choked up all day…..or more. Thanks, Nancy, for today’s special strip.

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    jmworacle  about 2 months ago

    This is one of the scripts EVER!

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    slelareader  about 2 months ago

    Interesting and fun to know.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Beautiful story. She was a very brave soldier and a very special friend.

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    Teto85 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    What a great dog. Thank you for the story.

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    Love the Funnies  about 2 months ago

    What a wonderful story about Smoky you shared in today’s Furbabies, Nancy! I really enjoyed reading the article titled “War Dogs Come in Different Sizes: The WWII Story of a Yorkshire Terrier Named Smoky” at the site ww2history DOT org.

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    MarshaOstroff  about 2 months ago

    The Mexican Navy has a tradition of training rescue dogs to help find victims of natural (and other) disasters, both in Mexico and around the world. In 2017, Mexico City suffered the effects of a terrible earthquake, and Frida, a member of this corps of canine heroes, became very famous for her valiant work. She passed away in 2022 after ten years of service and 3 years in retirement. I have a Frida doggie, made with care and love by a local artisan.

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    Chris Sherlock  about 2 months ago

    This is a wonderful story, Nancy! Thanks for sharing it here. Saving today’s Fur Babies to my favorites!

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    j.l.farmer  about 2 months ago

    How cool. Things happen fir a reason and it was meant to be when he was found by the soldier. So proud of all the rescue dogs who have found a purpose in their lives!

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    Moonkey Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I read today’s comic after having my dog at the hospital today. She does amazing work, and then to come home and read about Smoky – I am without words. Dogs are incredible.

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    Moonkey Premium Member about 2 months ago

    We had a storm and so much rain earlier that I think my sump pump is burned out. That means tomorrow I have to get a new one, and my basement will be very wet. People wonder why I don’t get such a nice large basement finished off. The pump should have been good for another 5 years, at least. I no longer can install them myself.

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    darcyandsimon  about 2 months ago

    Awww…sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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    Moonkey Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but one of our therapy dogs at the hospital is a Yorkie mix. Very tiny little boy. Good at his work. I call him a hamster and enjoy cuddling with him.

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