dog known as Smiley The Blind Therapy Dog has sadly passed away, with his paw in his owner’s hand.
The golden retriever was instantly recognisable, more for his beaming smile, rather than for not having eyes. Despite his troubles he brought plenty of love and happiness to a lot of people.
Yesterday his owner, Joanne George, announced on Facebook that it was time to regrettably let Smiley go after he’d been suffering with cancer.
“It’s the only way to repay what he’s done for us all. We will let him go tomorrow. He’s had enough,” she wrote on Instagram.
Smiley had comforted senior adults in nursing homes, children with autism, and patients of all ages at the hospitals near his home in Stouffville, Ontario, Global News reports. But his fans come from all around the world.
Just ask his 200,000 followers in Instagram.
Of all Smiley’s friends, George’s son, Shepard, will miss his “real-life stuffed animal” the most. One of the last images George posted after her dog’s passing was that of Shepard visiting Smiley’s final resting place.