On Saturday, an elderly, blind therapy dog named “Smiley,” was put to sleep. The beloved 15-year-old golden retriever, who belonged to Joanne George, had been living with cancer for several months. On Friday, George alerted Smiley’s thousands of Instagram fans that the end was near:
It’s the only way to repay what he’s done for us all. We will let him go tomorrow. He’s had enough.
A subsequent post let Smiley’s fans know that he was gone:
The little dog with such a huge purpose has been let go. He left us so quietly and peacefully in his favourite spot today at 12:30 I hope he is running free and can finally see the beauty around him. I hope he was met by old and new friends. His heart was so big he was able to share it with the world. Please, in honour of Smiley – see the world around you with your ❤️, be kind to others, and give back in any way you can. Thank you again for your messages of support during this very difficult time. . . . #greatestdogever #smileonSmiley
Smiley, who was born with no eyes, was rescued from an Ontario, Canada, puppy mill when he was about two years of age. The amiable dog, with the endearing smile, had the perfect personality to lift the spirits of everyone that he encountered so his owner made the decision to share his gift with others. For years, Smiley the therapy dog was able to provide comfort and joy to people of all ages.
Many people are mourning the loss of this special dog – perhaps none as greatly as George’s son. On Smiley’s Facebook page, a poignant photo, and a few touching words, were posted of the boy grieving for his four-legged friend.
A boy and his dog sometimes have to part ways 💔
On Sunday evening, dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor the dog who proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that “love is blind.”
Rest in peace Smiley – you were loved.
(Images via Instagram/Facebook)