Xander is a blind pug with a very special gift, which he uses to help the people who need it most – abused children. He lives in Oregon and lost his eyes in an accident when he was young. He was rescued from the Klamath Animal Shelter a few years ago by Rodney Beedy.
Rodney knew right away that he had found a very special dog.
At first, Rodney and his wife, Marcie, weren’t sure they could handle another dog – they already had seven other pugs. But the pair fell in love with Xander and took him home a few days later.
The shelter had told Rodney that Xander would make an excellent therapy dog because he has a wonderful temperament.
And they were right! He became a certified therapy dog soon after.
Xander has a very special job. He helps comfort children who have suffered abuse. He regularly volunteers for Klamath Lake Cares and Klamath Chapter Hands & Words are Not for Hurting Project.
Xander also visits with the elderly, cheering up everyone with his happy attitude.
When his mom had to go to hospital he went to and took care of her.
It really doesn’t matter what age a person is, Xander loves everyone.
Xander isn’t phased when he’s in a crowd of up to 20 to 30 kids at a time.
He’s a calm, collected and handsome fellow.
“If I was blind and in a crowd of people on top of me I would be freaking out. He has no qualms whatsoever. He has a good stable temperament,” Rodney told his local newspaper.
When Xander is at home or visiting with his friends, he is just like any other dog.
It would be great if Xander didn’t need to go to work.
But as long as there continues to be children who are hurting and need comfort, Xander will be there to help.
This story was originally published on DogHeirs.com and republished here on Resharworthy.com with permission.
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