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2015 SMOKY AWARDS


YORKIE RESCUE OF THE YEAR - TUCKER
Smoky

1ST RUNNER UP - RUDY
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2ND RUNNER UP - TJ
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2014 SMOKY AWARDS


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2013 SMOKY AWARDS

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2012 SMOKY AWARDS

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2010 SMOKY AWARDS

One of the highlights of the YTNR's year is the announcement of the winners of the yearly Smoky Awards. All our rescues are special and we like to acknowledge them and their rescue stories. All rescues adopted between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 were eligible for nomination.

Since new people have joined our great group since the last Ball, it might be fitting to retell the story of WHO the Smoky of the "Smoky Award" is. We turn to Bill Wynne whose heart was stolen over 60 years ago by his 4 lb Yorkie, Smoky - his angel in a foxhole.

Smoky was a four pound Yorkie that was found in an abandoned jungle foxhole in New Guinea in early 1944 by a soldier whose jeep had stalled in the jungle. The next day the Yorkie was sold for two Australian pounds ($6.44) to 20 year old PFC. Bill Wynne. Bill and Smoky flew combat missions and went through many air raids together. She lived on rugged army tropical food including at times C and K rations, while they served 18 months straight in combat. They traveled 40,000 miles overseas.

Those of you who have met Mr. Wynne have heard Smoky's praises sung.

When YTNR was planning its very first rescue ball in 1999, the first thing that came to mind was creating a special award for the Yorkie Rescue of the Year. It seemed logical to name the award after Bill Wynne's world famous Yorkie rescue. After nominations came in, it quickly became clear that each story was special and touching. Each rescue is a great rescue, just as Smoky was. She started a movement in rescue, in therapy, in obedience that showed people what a 4 lb dynamo could do.

The nominees

We receive many nominations each year. It is never easy to narrow the field; each dog has its own story, fortunately ending happily with a new and loving forever family. Some of these little dogs are senior citizens; some have health issues requiring ongoing care; some never knew human love before; some were strays; and some came from families who loved them but could no longer care for them.

Thank you to our committee

Special thanks are due to our selection committee each of whom diligently read and scored each nomination. Determining the Smoky Awards each year is something we look forward to, through laughter and tears. It reminds us of why we do what we do, and how much it is SO worthwhile.

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Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all our adopted Yorkies and their new families! Every one of you, dog and human, is a winner.