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Adorable Dog Was Born With No Eyes But Still Manages To Work As a Therapy Dog

July 29, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals, dog, Uplifting


Meet Smiley, a Golden Retriever born without eyes and raised in a puppy mill. Despite being born blind, Smiley is so happy and motivated that he has now found a new purpose in life as a therapy dog for the mentally ill and disabled.

And almost 10 years later, the certified therapy dog continues to bring joy to every room and to those struggling to fight depression, illness or disability.


Dog trainer Joanne George, Smiley’s owner, had a veterinarian sew up the pup’s eyelids soon after she brought him home in 2004.


Pet photographer Stacey Morrison, who’s previously worked with the dog, said his eyes just make him look like he’s smiling so hard he’s begun to squint.


The photographer adds the dog, although prone to running into objects in unfamiliar spaces, learns quickly.


He takes extra high steps, gently trying to map out the world around him.


Smiley, who has two doggy siblings, works for George’s service Training the K9 Way.


Besides visiting nursing homes, George also brings the dog to residences for the physically and mentally disabled.


Smiley’s gentle disposition and puppy-like coat make him an ideal companion.


George even says the dog does well in crowds and with children.


As a testament to his growing celebrity, Smiley appeared onstage with “The Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Millan, three times.


Smiley provides a message of encouragement to frustrated dog owners.


As George tells it, the takeaway is “it doesn’t matter where, or how a dog starts off his life — he is able to overcome and become a stable, happy dog.”


And Smiley is certainly that.


He and George are partners in spreading joy.


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