You have probably heard about puppy mills and have known that they are bad. And if you have seen dogs who were born into one, you’d feel pity because they are usually held captive in cruel conditions and neglected for years. Smiley, a blind-since-birth Golden Retriever with dwarfism, was once a puppy mill dog.
Although Smiley had an inauspicious start to his life, he was able to beat the odds and learned to give back to the community. But this would not have been possible if not for the help of his kind-hearted and loving owner, Joanne George. In 2004, Joanne adopted Smiley, and it had been the best thing that ever happened to him.
Smiley found it difficult to adjust to his new home at first. But with the help of Tyler, his young Great Dane sibling, he was able to pull it through. And when Joanne noticed that he had fully adjusted, she decided to share her beloved pet with her community.
Joanne runs a dog training service in Stouffville, Canada called Training the K9 Way. When she noticed that a lot of people were drawn to Smiley and that he inspired them, she thought he’d make a great therapy dog. Today, Smiley continues to inspire special needs kids and visits more nursing homes as part of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program.
Smiley becomes an integral part of not only the community but also Joanne’s life. According to Joanne, Smiley was with her on her first date, was the ring bearer during her wedding, and was always at her side when she was pregnant.
Smiley serves as an inspiration to many, especially to those who have disabilities and a traumatic past. He is a living proof that, indeed, your past does not define your future. Smiley is no longer a puppy mill dog, but a valued member of a family.
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