Here’s Smiley, a 10-year-old golden retriever, with one of his many friends.
Smiley was born without any eyes.
CBS reported that he was born with dwarfism and forced to spend his earlier years in a puppy mill before having his eyelids sewn shut.
He was then discovered by Joanne George, who runs Training the K9 Way, a dog training service in Stouffville, Canada, Caters News reported.
Having saved him from a life of neglect, she trained him to be a certified therapy dog.
And now she takes him to visit the old and young: particularly those who have mental and physical disabilities. Over the course of his life he’s helped hundreds of people.
CBS reported on one particularly memorable visit to a nursing home.
According to George, one man, called Teddy, was unable to speak, but it didn’t stop Smiley from trying to communicate with him. Shetold the broadcaster: “One day, Smiley put his feet up in front of [Teddy] and he started smiling and making noise. All of the nurses rushed into the room and said they’ve never seen him smile — never seen any kind of reaction.” She said that Teddy is now the first person he sees whenever he visits the home.