Smokey has found a loving home after her longtime owner passed away.
A man who had been battling cancer had one wish. Kevin Hearn wanted someone to take care of his dog Smokey. He passed away last week, but he knew Smokey would be well looked after thanks to a kind friend and a woman he never met.
Kevin did not have family or children so Smokey was his "baby girl." The pair stayed together for 10 years. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery just before Christmas. At the time, his main concern was who would take care of Smokey while he recuperated. Kevin and his friend Heather Babineau made a public plea for someone to help take Smokey on a daily walk. The community came forward and offered him a temporary fence to secure his back yard and people offered to walk Smokey in the winter weather.
Kevin was truly touched by the outpouring of support of Smokey. Heather said that Kevin's last weeks were filled with joy at seeing the generosity of strangers. She said that for the first time in his life he realized people care. "He had a constant smile on his face and tears coming out of his eyes. He was so happy." Heather made a promise to Kevin that Smokey would be always be taken care of.
Morgan Budinski heard about Smokey and Kevin and wanted to help. When Kevin passed away last week, Morgan took Smokey home. She said she gets a lovely "talky bark" welcome from Smokey every time she comes home. Morgan never met Kevin but said of Smokey: "She is so amazing. You can tell she came from a place of love."
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