Blind Therapy Dog Brings Smiles

Smiley, a Golden Retriever, was born without eyes. But that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a busy therapy dog. Joanne George of Ontario, Canada, adopted Smiley 10 years ago from a puppy mill, when he was about 1 or 2 years old. He quickly bonded with her deaf Great Dane, Tyler, and seemed to take on his “happy go lucky” personality. George thought Smiley would make a great therapy dog — and she was right. He regularly visits hospitals and nursing homes to brighten patients’ days. On one of his most memorable visits to a nursing home, George recalls how surprised the staff was with Smiley’s interaction with a resident named Teddy. Teddy had “no speech, no communication at all,” she said. “[The staff] had never seen Teddy smile before … [Teddy] smiled when Smiley got into his vision,” George said. — Read it at ABC News


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