Smiley is the perfect name for a sweet, blind therapy dog who makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
According to ABC News, Smiley, who was born without eyes, has been making people smile at nursing homes and schools in his hometown of Stoufville, Canada.
Smiley’s owner, Joanne George, says she rescued Smiley from a puppy mill when he was just a couple of years old. Although he was nervous and scared, Smiley immediately bonded with another of George’s dogs, a deaf Great Dane named Tyler.
Tyler turned out to be a perfect role model for the scared Golden Retriever. “Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky.” George said. Smiley took cues from the Great Dane mentor. “He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding,” George explained.
Once Smiley was showing his true personality, George could see that he’d make a great therapy dog. And he does. Today, Smiley is part of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program and visits nursing homes, hospitals and schools, spreading joy everywhere he goes.
At one nursing home, a man named Teddy never smiled or communicated with anyone…until Smiley showed up one day. George said the staff was amazed. “[Teddy] smiled when Smiley got into his vision,” she explained.
That doesn’t surprise us! Smiley makes us smile from ear to ear just looking at that happy furry mug of his!