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Golden Retriever, Smiley, born without eyes, manages to work as a therapy dog

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posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 02:09 AM

After Smiley came out of his bubble, his owner began taking him to hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

Golden Retrievers are known to be one of the most-loving dog breeds.

And for one named Smiley, being born without eyes was not going to stop him from being just that.

The gorgeous pup from Stouffville, Canada, was adopted from a 'scary' puppy mill by local dog lover Joanne George, who believes pairing Smiley up with a deaf Great Dane named Tyler was the best decision she has made.

'Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog,' George told ABC News.

George added: 'He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.'

One Smiley began interacting with people more and more, George realized how good at it he was.

She started taking him to hospitals and schools to visit people who needed some cheering up.

There was one patient in a nursing home named Teddy that had no communication and could not speak at all.

Staff said they had never seen him smile.

That was, of course, until Smiley came along.

'(Teddy) smiled when Smiley got into his vision,' George recalled.

Many people who have had contact with Smiley say they either didn't realize or soon forgot that he had a disability.

His is prone to run into things, but walks around very carefully.

George said she has taught him to follow her voice.

She also said it was important for him to work things out by himself, and she's glad she let him discover that.

Such a beautiful dog! He seems so happy and that goes to the wonderful way he was raised. You'd never know anything was even wrong with this beautiful dog. It's absolutely amazing! I love hearing stories like this!

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 02:22 AM
He looks like a happy dog. I'm glad that he has a good life with somebody that cares for him.

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 02:31 AM
don't get misty eyed,don't get misty eyed,don't get misty eyed, don

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 03:10 AM
a reply to: Anyafaj

That second picture goes a long way to proving dogs smile and show happiness . Jeez i have 3 i know they do .

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 03:58 AM
This just proves that dogs are good for humanity and humanity is good for dogs. We have a positive symbiotic relationship.

That said, in many cultures and countries dogs - and animals generally - are treated with brutality and contempt, but let's not go down that road today, eh?

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 05:23 AM
a reply to: Anyafaj

Smiley's heart shows through his face - he's beautiful. I suspect it reflects his owner who obviously loves him to bits as I expect those he helps do also.

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 08:03 AM
a reply to: Anyafaj

I love these types of stories. Great way to start the day on a positive note.
Such a good boy with a wonderful purpose...
Thanks for making my morning coffee more enjoyable.

posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 10:04 AM
OMG! He's adorable! What a beautiful spirit and fantastic owner!

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