Meet Smiley, an adorably happy Golden Retriever who, after a very poor start in life, now works as a St. John’s Ambulance dog bringing happiness to those with disabilities and illnesses.
This loveable pooch from Stouffville, Canada, was rescued from a puppy mill by kind-hearted Joanne George. George told ABC News:
“He was very scared, [the dogs] had never been out of that barn.”
After his rescue, she introduced him to a deaf Great Dane named Tyler, and the once lonely puppy slowly became less nervous.
“Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog,’ George said. ‘He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.”
It soon became clear that, despite his unfortunate beginnings, he had a power to bring warmth to all whom he encountered, and George decided to take Smiley to nursing homes and schools.
Smiley lived up to his name, bringing happiness and joy to children and adults with disabilities and illnesses. He loves going around schools and nursing homes helping people!
At one nursing home, staff had never seen a patient named Teddy neither talk nor smile. This all changed when the man first met Smiley:
“[Teddy] smiled when Smiley got into his vision.”
“Does he bump into things? Of course, he does. But he does it very carefully. He uses ‘high’ steps to guide him as he walks. He’s feeling with his feet.”
Credits to: Happytailspetphotography.ca