Only six months old when she found herself inside a home engulfed by flames, the Labrador/Retriever mix was saved thanks to the efforts of firefighters and a veterinarian, who kept her on oxygen, hand fed her, and provided loving care for three days following her ordeal.
Today four-year-old Smokey, a firehouse dog who is based out of Station 2 in Jacksonville, Illinois, helps those who gave her a helping hand by teaching safety techniques like “stop, drop and roll” to school children and the community.
In recognition of the kind-hearted canine’s contribution to her community,Pat Quinn, the Governor of Illinois, has proclaimed that October 11th will now be known as “Smokey the Dog Day” in the state.
More than 100 firehouse dogs nationwide entered the NBC Chicago Fire Top Dog Competition, with Smokey’s story winning her a coveted canine cameo, on the series which will air later this season.
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