Meet Smiley: The Blind Therapy Dog That More Than Lives Up To His Name!FamilyPet
A blind Golden Retriever named â€śSmileyâ€ť is reminding everyone that dogs make the world a much happier place.
Born without eyes, Smiley and his owner, Joanne George, have been visiting patients and nursing home residents in a small Canadian town to brighten their days.
Smiley was rescued from a puppy mill by his owner when he was about 1 or 2-years-old.
According to George, â€śHe was very scared, the dogs had never been out of that barn.â€ť But with love and care, Smiley went from scared and timid to a bouncy and happy-go-lucky puppy.
After seeing the playful pup interact with crowds, George realized he would be the perfect therapy dog.
After one small visit to a nursing home, she realized the special dogâ€™s impact. â€śThere was this man Teddy, he had no speech, no way of communication at all. The staff had never seen Teddy smile before.â€ť
But Teddyâ€™s reaction when Smiley approached him amazed the staff. â€śTeddy smiled when Smiley got into his vision.â€ť
So whatâ€™s Georgeâ€™s advice for those considering adopting a blind dog? Itâ€™s key for the dog to figure out how to get around on their own. â€śDonâ€™t run his life, donâ€™t keep him in a bubble.â€ť George says “Does he bump into things? Of course, he does. But he does it very carefully,” noting the dogâ€™s “high” steps when he walks. “Heâ€™s feeling with his feet.”
Smiley is now 10-years-old and is said to be a favorite service dog in the Stouffville area.