There’s a whole beautiful world out there and not being able to see it can’t stop one particular wonder dog from loving it.
Smiley, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever who was born without eyes, is prospering and seemingly enjoying his life despite his disability. Rescued at the age of two from a puppy mill by Joanne George, Smiley seemingly has found a purpose in his life.
“People were so drawn to him, so inspired by him,” George said in an interview with CBS News. “I realized this dog has to be a therapy dog — I have to share him.”
Smiley is now thriving as a therapy dog, bringing joy to patients at nursing homes, hospitals and schools in Canada.
“He does something to people,” George told The Huffington Post. “People say they feel like a different person after meeting Smiley.”
How does Smiley get around without eyesight?
“He’s never been able to see, so he’s had to learn to understand his other amazing senses,” George noted.
Though I don’t suffer from a serious disability myself, I’ve heard and read through other resources that getting by without full faculties doesn’t have to be as painful or laborious as it may seem. (I know, easier said than done, right?)
Beethoven, the great German composer and pianist from the late 1700s, early 1800s was deaf. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are among the many blind musicians who have inspired lives with their gifts.
The key is to not feel sorry for yourself and to thank God for all that you do have, not resent what you don’t have.
And, to make the most of what you’ve been given. That goes for canines just as it does for humans.
“Smiley just makes people smile,” George said.
Whether disabled or not, do you do the same?