This Blind Therapy Dog Named Smiley Will Seriously Warm Your Heart

by Katie Corvino

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Then meet Smiley. This dog will definitely put a smile on your face.

The 13-year-old Golden Retriever was born with dwarfism and without eyes. So, he was mistreated when he was younger for his developmental challenges.

Smiley was rescued from a puppy mill when he was 2 years old by his owner, Joanne George.

George was working as a veterinary technician at the time, and she immediately felt a connection to Smiley.

George knew that her pup had the potential to change lives, so she had Smiley become a certified therapy dog in order to inspire others to overcome adversity in the same way he did.

Smiley joined the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. Now, he spends his days visiting special needs children and patients at retirement homes. He also visits libraries to sit with children with autism who have trouble reading.

George's hope is that Smiley can show kids it's OK to have a disability. It's still possible to overcome hardships and live a happy life.

His lovable personality has brought endless inspiration and joy to so many people.

But everything hasn't always been easy for Smiley since he met George. The 13-year-old has suffered from gastrointestinal issues. Thanks to his dietary restrictions, he went through a time when he wasn't able to receive treats from his owner.

As anyone with pets knows, giving treats is a special way to develop a strong bond and connection with your pet.  It's a way to reward your pets and let them know you love them.

Fortunately for George and Smiley, Royal Canin developed a veterinary-exclusive line of treats specifically for dogs who have special dietary needs. So, Smiley has finally been able to indulge.

Since switching to Royal Canin treats, Smiley's digestive health has dramatically improved, and so has his overall quality of life.

After meeting Smiley and Joanne George, it's clear their connection is incomparable. Smiley made our entire office smile, and we're very blessed to have had the chance to meet such a wonderful duo.

Smiley and Joanne, thanks for stopping by!