Smiley came to me in 2004 - he was about 1 or 2 years of age and had been born without eyes. He had lived his life in the puppy mill where he had been born. He was extremely destructive and had zero housetraining. He was nervous and had many anxieties about coming into a home. He cowered at the sound of another dog eating - the scars on his face and ears told me the stories of what it was like living with so many dogs in such deplorable conditions.
Smiley was the one who changed my way of training. He did not know one verbal command - I communicated only through my energy to him. He did not see my body language - he used his nose and his keen sense of hearing to get around. His best teacher was Tyler - a young, boisterous partially deaf Great Dane. Life was grand to Tyler - and soon enough that rubbed onto Smiley. Whatever energy you give off ... your dog picks up on it.
Smiley now accompanies me to clients homes to assist in certain cases. He is certainly inspirational to everyone he meets including Cesar Millan - Smiley joined Cesar onstage at 3 of his live performances. He continues to tell Smiley's story at all of his shows across the world - and the message is "it doesn't matter where, or how a dog starts off his life - he is able to overcome and become a stable, happy dog" ... for dogs do not dwell on the past - they only live in this moment.
~ Shepherd, Joanne, Smiley & Cesar Millan, 2012
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