Xander is a blind pug with a very special gift, something that all of you would surely appreciate.
He lost his eyes in an accident at age 1. After that incident, he was living in an animal shelter (Klamath Animal Center) when he made his way into the hearts of two volunteers of the shelter, Rodney Beedy and his wife, who knew and felt right away that he was a special dog. The couple couldn’t resist Xander’s charm as they decided to take him home and make him part of their family.
Not long after he was adopted, his new owners and family, Marcie and Rodney Beedy then realized that Xander had a special gift that enables him to lift people’s spirits no matter where he went. Even the people at the shelter told the couple that Xander has a wonderful temperament and that he would make an excellent therapy dog—and they were right.
The couple enrolled Xander in a three-week training at American Kennel’s Club Canine Good Citizen Program and after that training, he became certified therapy dog. His lack of eyesight never became a hindrance for Xander to help other people, in fact, he is thriving in his new role as a therapy dog, and everyone loves him.
He comforts children as he regularly visits Klamath Lake Cares and Klamath Chapter Hands & Words are Not for Hurting Project.
But it’s not only children who experience having their spirits uplifted by this wonderful dog, but people of all ages. It really doesn’t matter what age a person is, Xander loves everyone and everyone loves him, too!
According to his owners, Xander’s mission “is to stop violence” but also provide a comforting figure for those who need his help. 🙂 Here are some pictures of him, you might also want to check out his Facebook page as well.