Life is full of little things that make us feel better. It’s a world filled with new experiences and simple things that just make us smile. However, for some, it can be a scary world. This blind Golden Retriever knows that daily life can be tough, but that doesn’t stop him trying new things.
Smiley the blind Golden Retriever was born with no eyes, a form of dwarfism and many other physical issues. For the first two years of his life, he was in a puppy mill where he would be euthanized.
However, all that changed when a veterinarian called Joanne George decided to adopt him and save him from euthanasia. Joanne had been sent to the Canadian puppy mill to euthanize 20 of the 85 dogs who lived there.
When Joanne arrived at the puppy mill, she was horrified by the squalid conditions. She knew she couldn’t fulfill her job. The team could barely enter the barn where the dogs were kept because of how bad the smell was.
Joanne and another veterinary technician adopted all 20 of the dogs that they had been asked to put to sleep that day. The duo managed to find homes for all of them except one – Smiley the blind golden retriever.
I just thought, ‘He’s mine.’
Thankfully, Smiley became very happy with his new life in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. Smiley is a very friendly dog that has a lot of love and time for each new person he meets.
Joanne decided to sign the blind golden retriever up as a therapy dog.
For years, Smiley went around schools, hospitals and nursing homes where people were in need of a little love and affection. He did this for 15 years.
Joanne recorded this video of her old pup Smiley outside on a walk. Fresh snow had just fallen and although her dog is blind and going deaf with age, the cold air reignited a youthful nature within him. It was like he was a puppy again!
Don’t forget to watch Smiley the blind Golden Retriever play in the snow in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝