Smiley the eyeless therapy dog will melt your frozen heart

The Canadian therapy dog is sure to put a smile on your face.


Marisa Kabas


Published Mar 12, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:02 am CDT

Smiley was born without eyes, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the happiest, sweetest dog on the planet.

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The dog was rescued by owner Joanne George from a puppy mill when he was one or two years old. His early years were tumultuous. “He was very scared, [the dogs] had never been out of that barn,” George told ABC News.

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But now not only is Smiley thriving, he’s even employed! The golden retriever works as a therapy dog at a nursing home in Stouffville, Canada. And he’s living up to his name by being a happy presence and also bringing smiles to the faces of the lucky people around him.

Joanne George/Facebook

Joanne George/Facebook

“There was this man Teddy, [he had] no speech, no communication at all,” George told ABC News of one of Smiley’s encounters.. “[The staff] had never seen Teddy smile before. [Teddy] smiled when Smiley got into his vision.” George has been lucky enough to have Smiley for 10 years. 

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Cute animals have no problem getting attention on the internet, but Smiley in particular has warmed the cockles of our hearts. Also, he wears a bandana like a total boss. 

Joanne George/Facebook

H/T ABC News | Photo via Joanne George/Facebook

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*First Published: Mar 12, 2015, 12:54 pm CDT