It is the simplest things in life that make us smile the most. The world is full of all sorts of experiences that are designed to make life worth living. The blind Golden Retriever in this story is the perfect illustration of this lesson. He might be blind but he does not allow his condition to stop him from enjoying life to the fullest. He still tries new things on a daily basis.
We could all stand to learn something from this awesome pup. Some of us allow relatively minor inconveniences to keep us from enjoying life in the manner that we should. Smiley was born without eyes and he has a host of other issues that he is forced to live with each day. He even spent the first few years of his life residing in a puppy mill.
Smiley was saved from being euthanized by a kindly veterinarian named Joanne. She had been sent to the mill where Smiley was residing to euthanize him and several other dogs who lived there at the time. Once she arrived, she knew that she had to do everything in her power to help out. The conditions that the animals were living in were abominable.
The smell was so bad inside of the barn where the dogs were staying that her team could barely stand the stench. All of the dogs were taken away from the puppy mill and homes were found for each of them. Smiley was the only one who could not find a forever home. Joanne decided that the dog would make a great therapy animal for others in need.
Smiley is now enjoying his new life. He spent 15 years going to various hospitals and schools, spreading good cheer to everyone he met. Joanne took a video of him out for a walk in the snow and it is priceless. There was something about the weather that snapped him back to his younger days. It was like he was a puppy all over again.
If you are anything like us, your heart will be touched by this clip. Be sure to watch him frolic in the snow. Smiley is one of the most adorable dogs that we have ever seen and his ability to enjoy life in the face of adversity allows him to stand apart. He is certainly an inspiration to us all.