An incredible blind service dog born without eyes has captured the hearts of people all over with his unbreakable smile and generous heart.
A dog trainer in Ontario rescued Smiley from a puppy mill when he was 1 or 2 years old, and now, Smiley is a therapy dog for people in hospitals and nursing homes.
“There was this man Teddy, (he had) no speech, no communication at all,” Joanne George, Smiley’s owner, told ABC News of one patient the dog has helped. “(Teddy) smiled when Smiley got into his vision. (The staff) had never seen Teddy smile before.”
When George first found Smiley, the pup was full of fear. On her blog, George recalls that Smiley, “cowered at the sound of another dog eating — the scars on his face and ears told me the stories of what it was like living with so many dogs in such deplorable conditions."
At first, Smiley was difficult to properly train, but over time, George says she was able to make significant progress and eventually, the once fearful dog befriended a deaf Great Dane named Tyler who gave him a big dose of positivity.
“Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog," George explained. "He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.”
Now, having appeared on stage with famous dog trainer Cesar Milan, Smiley is somewhat of a celebrity and is continuing to capture the hearts of people all over the world.