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Published:March 11th, 2015 12:43 EST

Meet Smiley the Therapy Dog Born Without Eyes: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A golden retriever named Smiley is living up to his name as a therapy dog who brightens the days of patients and nursing home residents in the small town of Stouffville, Canada.


Smiley was born without eyes, but is still able to work as a St. John`s Ambulance service dog in Ontario. The dog`s owner, Joanne George, rescued the dog from a puppy mill, when he was about 1 or 2 years."

ABC News

A dog`s eyes are very expressive, when I open the gate to my backyard to take my pooch walking, I can tell she`s excited because her tail is wagging, she`s jumping on me, and especially because her eyes are brimming with joy.

You`d think a canine born without eyes would be at a disadvantage working as a therapy dog, but Smiley`s lack of eyes, enhances his value as a therapy dog.

The residents of the nursing homes can`t help but smile, and hug or pet Smiley whenever he comes by for a visit.

Dogs make wonderful therapy pets and companions, there`s a dog waiting for a forever home at your local animal shelter who is guaranteed to elicit a lifetime of smiles.

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