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Although you would never be able to tell based on his infectiously positive demeanor, Smiley the Golden Retriever has not had an easy life. Born into a puppy millSmiley’s first days were filled with fear, pain and utter filth. To make matters worse, this small puppy had been born without eyes, making navigating the overcrowded and stressful conditions in a puppy mill even more overwhelming.

Luckily, when he was around one-year-old, Smiley was rescued from this horrible existence thanks to Joanna George. George happily adopted the tiny blind puppy and introduced him to her deaf Great Dane, Tyler. It did not take long for Smiley to adjust to his new life in a loving forever home.

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

 

“Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog,” George told ABC News. “He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.”

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

 

As Smiley grew, his personality flourished and George thought it might be a good idea to get Smiley involved in a therapy dog program. 

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

Smiley now visits hospitals and schools with George. No matter who he meets, this enthusiastic pup is always able to bring a smile to their face.

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

Although he is prone to run into things, Smiley has learned to take high, slow steps when he walks to help him get his bearings in any given situation.

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

George has learned that the best way to help Smiley navigate the world is to let him puzzle it through on his own. Between his smell and hearing, he does a pretty amazing job.

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

Not having eyes has never slowed Smiley down and his ability to empower others to overcome the many obstacles in their own lives is unparalleled. Way to go, Smiley!

Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley the Dog is the Best Therapy Dog Around

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112 comments on “Even Though He Was Born Without Eyes, Smiley is the Best Therapy Dog Around”

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JOHN PASQUA
12 Days ago

GREAT FOR SMILEY TO HAVE A HOME AND FAMILY.


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CHERYL
12 Days ago

Good for this woman. She looked beyond Smiley\'s "disability" when adopting him. Yes, Smiley is a "special-needs" animal, but that doesn\'t mean he doesn\'t have a place in this world. I wish others would look beyond the disability and see that these animals have just as much love and loyalty as do "normal" animals. Of course with people looking down and "writing off" others humans with special needs, what can we expect? Look beyond the physical, people and see what\'s inside.


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Sandhya T Sathyanarayanan
11 Months Ago

Sangeetha Sathyanarayanan Divya Sharmila ❤️❤️


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Sandhya T Sathyanarayanan
11 Months Ago

Sangeetha Sathyanarayanan Divya Sharmila ❤️❤️


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Cortney Wright
11 Months Ago

Tyler Kincaid


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Tee Pee
11 Months Ago

Scott Heenan a sweet and happy story x


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Tee Pee
11 Months Ago

Scott Heenan a sweet and happy story x


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Lisa Taylor
11 Months Ago

Animals are too good for this world ✌


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Kimberly Small
30 May 2016

You can say that again

Teddi Pappas
11 Months Ago

Why do.some people see his purpose as serving humans.... Not cool


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Kathleen Brannen
11 Months Ago

Who needs eyes when you've got such an awesome nose!


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