Smiley the golden retriever was born with dwarfism and without eyes.
A fortunate rescue from a puppy mill gave the pup a second chance at life, and now the blind canine pays it forward by cheering others up.
Stouffville, Ontario, dog trainer Joanne George adopted the dog when he was still young, around one to two years old.
The scarred dog often cowered at the sounds of other dogs eating, was “extremely destructive” and had no housetraining.
“He was nervous and had many anxieties about coming into a home,” George wrote on her blog.
Over time, however, Smiley learned to trust his new owner, and even befriended a deaf Great Dane named Tyler.
“Smiley was the one who changed my way of training,” George wrote. “He did not know one verbal command — I communicated only through my energy to him. He did not see my body language — he used his nose and his keen sense of hearing to get around. His best teacher was Tyler — a young, boisterous partially deaf Great Dane. Life was grand to Tyler —Read More »from Golden retriever born without eyes fetches rave reviews as a therapy dog