Xander the Pug, A Blind Service Dog Who Helps Humans and Animals Alike

Xander the Pug is a very special dog who had a difficult start in life. Injured in an accident when he was a puppy, Xander lost both of his eyes and developed respiratory issues. His injuries led to him being surrendered to the Klamath Animal Shelter in Oregon, who cared for him until he was adopted by Marcie and Rodney Beedy. These days Xander has a new lease on life as a therapy dog to people and animals.

It was a big day for me when I passed the Pet Partners Therapy Dog test and became a Certi­fied Therapy Dog! I am the only four footed member of the Hospital Guild and I’m always on call for visits! I love to spend time with anyone who needs companionship, comfort or may be feeling lonely. I also help kids who are afraid of dogs overcome their fear, and often accompany the Hands and Words are Not for Hurting® group on school programs and other outings.

Keep up to date with Xander through his Facebook page.

Xander in the Hospital with Marcie

Xander the Blind Service Dog

Xander at Pet Store

Xander with Little Girl

Xander with Smoky the Bear

video by GeoBeats News

photos via Meet Xander

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Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.