"Dogs can come back from anything, they forget their past. We, as humans, dwell on the past."
"Smile and the world smiles with you." (via Training the K9 Way)
Smiley the blind Golden Retriever was rescued by Joanne George of Ontario, Canada. He was born with dwarfism and without eyes, and so faced death at a puppy mill until George discovered the sweet pup. He would have probably been killed without her intervention, and now Smiley is giving back by spending hours a day visiting people with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program.
"People were so drawn to him, so inspired by him." George told CBS News. "I realized this dog has to be a therapy dog -- I have to share him."
Shaking new friends. (via Training the K9 Way)
And he really makes the rounds, visiting retirement homes, special needs kids, nursing homes, and even a reading program. George recalls a particularly touching moment when Smiley connected with a patient at a nursing home who had no speech or ability to communicate.
"One day, Smiley put his feet up in front of him and he started smiling and making noise," George told ABC. "All of the nurses rushed into the room and said they've never seen him smile -- never seen any kind of reaction."
If you're Smiley and you know it raise a paw. (via Training the K9 Way)
He's already 12-years-old, but he's visited hundreds of men, women and children. Plus, George says he doesn't seem bothered by his blindness.
"Dogs can come back from anything, they forget their past. We as humans, dwell on the past."
And as far as getting around, "Does he bump into things? Of course, he does. But he does it very carefully," George told ABC. Noting he "takes 'high' steps when he walks as though 'He's feeling with his feet.'"
12 years old but still wet behind the ears. (via Training the K9 Way)
Thanks for being an inspiration, Smiley, and for proving that being an old blind dog isn't as lonesome as country music would have you believe.