The Daily Squee: Meet Xander, The Blind Pug Who Became A Therapy Dog
Today in “Things That Make You Go Awwwww“: the story of Xander, a little pug from Klamath Falls, Oregon, who lost his eyes in an accident at age 1. Xander was living at an animal shelter when he charmed his way into the hearts of two shelter volunteers, who couldn’t resist taking him home and making him part of their family. It wasn’t long before his new owners, Marcie and Rodney Beedy, realized their pet had a special gift for lifting people’s spirits wherever he went. They enrolled Xander in American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program, and after three weeks of training, he became a certified therapy dog. Despite his lack of eyesight, Xander is thriving in his new role, always seeming to know exactly what kind of nurturing people need, whether he’s at a school, hospital, or nursing home. “A lot of times he’ll hear a child crying at an event and he’s bolted several times, at least 500 feet over to this child to comfort them,” says Marcie, who wears a bell around her leg to let Xander know she’s near. Check out a couple adorable pics of Xander in action after the jump, and follow his mission of love and comfort on Facebook!