Blind 'Smiley' Golden Retriever Warms Hearts as a Therapy Dog - (18 Pictures)

Blind Golden Retriever named 'Smiley' manages to work as a therapy dog

Golden Retriever called 'Smiley' who was born without eyes still manages to work as a therapy dog

This perpetually happy pup is so motivating, joyful and loving that he works as a therapy dog as well, spreading his joy to mentally ill and disabled patients every week.

Stacey Morrison, the photographer behind this beautiful photo session with Smiley, had this to say about him; “he bumps into things a lot. And as I quickly learned, when he’s running towards you, he doesn’t know when to stop! But otherwise he gets along just fine. In fact, as he’s going about his doggy business — sniffing, listening, frolicking, nuzzling — you forget that he has a disability.”

According to Morrison, Smiley’s owner, a professional dog trainer named Joanne, “says it’s important that he explores his surroundings on his own, using his own instincts, without people hovering over him or cringing every time he bumps into something.“

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    He was born without eyes, and had his eyes sewn shut to stop his infections


    Joanne found Smiley in a puppy mill


    Luckily, his blindness didn’t stop Joanne from adopting him!


   Now he even works as a licensed therapy dog for mentally ill and disabled patients



    “He bumps into things a lot. And as I quickly learned, when he’s running towards you, he     doesn’t know when to stop!”


    Some of his patients never smile except for when Smiley visits


    “As he’s going about his doggy business — sniffing, listening, frolicking, nuzzling — you forget that he has a disability”


    “Smiley is completely in tune with Joanne. From the sound of her footsteps to the tone in her voice — her cues let him know if he is safe or if there is an obstacle in his way. ”


    “It’s important that he explores his surroundings on his own without people cringing every time he bumps into something”


    “Smiley likes to introduce himself to everyone. How could you not fall in love with this face?”


Happiest: Having been rescued from a 'scary' puppy mill, Smiley, who was born without eyes, has flourished into an energetic and adorable dog, who regularly visits hospitals, nursing homes and schools


    Living up to his name: Smiley's owner said she quickly realized the beautiful effect he had on people


    Kind-hearted: Golden Retriever's are generally known as one of the most-loving breeds of dog 



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


    Blind: Smiley is prone to run into things, but walks around very carefully

    Careful: Smiley takes high steps when he walks to feel out the ground around him


    Self-reliant: Owner Joanne George said the best thing she did was let Smiley work things out alone


    Precious: The gorgeous pup from Stouffville, Canada, was adopted from a 'scary' puppy mill by local dog lover Joanne George


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.

He takes high steps when he walks, so as to feel around the ground and see whats around.

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