PUPPY OVERCOMES LOSS OF EYES AND BECOMES THERAPY DOG - “One girl was crying, so I went and got Xander…She started laughing and playing with Xander. It was amazing how well he did that.”

A one-year-old Pug named Xander lost his eyes in an accident. He was adopted by his current owners from the Klamath Animal Shelter in Oregon. Xander has since passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and became a certified therapy dog. He visits schools, nursing homes, and promotes anti-violence programs by working with the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project. Here’s more from the Herald & News:

The proud pup is working to make people happier as a therapy dog helping organizations like Klamath-Lake CARES (child abuse response and evaluation services) and Hands and Words are not for Hurting.

Xander put his skills on display Tuesday, visiting Tiny Hopefuls Daycare with Hands and Words are not for Hurting. Surrounded by a ring of preschoolers, Xander welcomed hands stroking his back and head, even gently pulling on his tail to see it curl back up. Xander didn’t flinch at the peals of laughter. He didn’t get anxious in the crowd. For him, it was business as usual.

“If I was blind and in a crowd of people on top of me I would be freaking out,” Rodney Beedy, who owns Xander with his wife, Marcie, said. “He has no qualms whatsoever. He has a good stable temperament.”

Rodney and Marcie adopted Xander from the Klamath Animal Shelter in January. He is now a little more than a year old. They don’t know what happened to his eyes, only that there was an accident and the eyes had to be removed.

Xander is not letting his physical challenges prevent him from helping others. He is a brave dog. Click here for the full story and here for more about the Klamath Animal Shelter (Photo from their Facebook page)