‘Smiley,’ golden retriever born without eyes, warms hearts as therapy dog

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Smiley was born without eyes but is now a therapy dog in Canada. (Photo: Joanne George/Facebook)

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STOUFFVILLE, Ontario — A blind golden retriever named Smiley is living up to his name by bringing smiles to patients and residents of a Canadian nursing home.

Smiley was born without yes. The dog was rescued by Joanne George from a puppy mill when he was 1 or 2 years old. George brings Smiley and her deaf Great Dane named Tyler to schools and hospitals.

“There was this man Teddy, no speech, no communication at all,” George told ABC News of one memorable nursing home resident. “(The staff) had never seen Teddy smile before.”

But when Smiley approached, George said the staff was blown away.

“(Teddy) smiled when Smiley got into his vision,” George said.

George has taken care of Smiley for 10 years and said Smiley can get around for the most part.

“Does he bump into things? Of course, he does. But he does it very carefully,” George said. “He’s feeling with his feet.”

But Smiley brings inspiration with him everywhere he goes.

“People were so drawn to him, so inspired by him.” George told CBS News. “I realized this dog has to be a therapy dog — I have to share him.”

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