Monday, March 16, 2015
Smiley the golden retriever knows better than anyone that love is blind.
The 12-year-old pooch was born with a condition linked to dwarfism that -- in addition to him being born without eyes -- left him with physical disproportions. His oversized teeth paired with his eye sockets, which were sewn shut to prevent infection, make him look like he’s smiling; hence his name. Rescued in 2004 from a puppy mill by Joanne George, his current owner, Smiley now has a happy home and is a therapy dog in Stouffville, Ontario. “He does something to people,” George told The Huffington Post. “People say they feel like a different person after meeting Smiley.”