Smiley is no average therapy dog. Not only is he blind, but he also spent the first two years of his life at a puppy mill. Despite his difficult past, he currently spend his time connecting with children that are experiencing loss and pain.
Joanne George rescued him and began working with him in 2004 before noticing that the pup had a significant connection to her son. According to Huffington Post, Smiley got his name due a condition linked to dwarfism which led to him being born with no eyes – but he’s also clearly quite good at bringing a smile to all of the kids that he encounters.
But this pup’s journey has been a long one. Joanne and Smiley shared their story on television in 2015:
Smiley now works in Canada as a certified child therapy dog for St. John’s Ambulance and also attends funerals to help children cope with grief. Additionally, he visits libraries and helps children with autism read.
️Thank you Jan & Bailey!!!Xx
Posted by Smiley on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Smiley is a therapy dog at heart, but he still loves to come home and play just like any other lovable pup. Between his toys, treats, and many furry companions, he has tons of ways to unwind from his daytime therapy gig.
Smiley knows how to give the best hugs and make your worst fears go away. Did we mention his burden-lifting smile?
Smiley takes his job seriously and listens very carefully to every word when kids read to him. Just look at that face!
Smiley’s family adores him and he cherishes them right back!
Sometimes, Smiley just likes to be a little silly sometimes.
Just look at this guy. Even as a 12-year-old, he is one heck of a free spirit.
Even while dreaming, Smiley is nothing but smiles.
Meet Smiley, the blind child therapy dog who’s proving that he can do anything!
Posted by BuzzFeed on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Feature Image via Smiley The Blind Therapy Dog/ Facebook
H/T via Huffington Post.