Smiley The Blind Service Dog Lives Up To His Name…This Is So Heart-Warming!Ashley Maisano
Life is short and it’s extremely important to live each day like it’s our last. Spreading positivity and being kind to others is also important. This dog knows a thing or two about that.
Smiley, a Golden Retriever who was born with dwarfism and no eyes, was saved from a puppy mill and a death sentence at two years old. Fast forward a decade and Smiley is putting smiles on people’s faces.
People were so drawn to him, so inspired by him,” Smiley’s owner Joanne George told CBS News. “I realized this dog has to be a therapy dog – I have to share him.”
Soon after, Smiley joined the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program where he spends each day visiting retirement homes and nursing homes, and joining special needs kids for a library reading program.
One of Smiley’s visits to a nursing home was life-changing.
A man named Teddy, who was unable to communicate and had no speech, got frequent visits from Smiley.
“One day, Smiley put his feet up in front of Teddy and he started smiling and making noise,” George told CBS News. “All of the nurses rushed into the room and said they’ve never seen him smile – never seen any kind of reaction.”
Smiley continues to visit the nursing home, making sure Teddy is always the first person he sees.
Smiley, now 12 years old, touched his owner’s life as well.
“He came on my first date with me. He was my ring bearer at my wedding. Then I was pregnant,” George reminisced the great memories. “He’s changed my life.”
And he will continue to change the lives of others. Smiley is a great reminder to us all that it’s important to stay positive, no matter what circumstance we’re given.