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Born Without Eyes, Smiley The Golden Retriever Becomes Therapy Dog For Mentally Ill And Disabled
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Born Without Eyes, Smiley The Golden Retriever Becomes Therapy Dog For Mentally Ill And Disabled

Despite having been blind from birth and raised in a puppy mill, Smiley the golden retriever doesn’t seem to have anything to be glum about. This perpetually happy adorable dog 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 this smart doggo, 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 being a blind dog. In fact, as he’s going about his doggy business — sniffing, listening, frolicking, nuzzling — you forget that this cute dog has a disability.”

According to Morrison, Smiley’s owner, a professional dog trainer named Joanne, “ 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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Joanne found Smiley in a puppy mill

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

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

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

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

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”

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KarimHaddad
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7 years ago

i suggest attaching proximity sensor with a beeper to his collar, he will adapt quickly to the sound of the beeper

jenniferlynnd
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7 years ago

He's so cute! I needed to hear a story like this today it made me smile. I love the story and the pics! :) Thanks for sharing!

DianaShively
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7 years ago

Beautiful story.... What a wonderful pup! And owner!

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KarimHaddad
Community Member
7 years ago

i suggest attaching proximity sensor with a beeper to his collar, he will adapt quickly to the sound of the beeper

jenniferlynnd
Community Member
7 years ago

He's so cute! I needed to hear a story like this today it made me smile. I love the story and the pics! :) Thanks for sharing!

DianaShively
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful story.... What a wonderful pup! And owner!

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