Friday, July 12, 2013

See Beautiful: Without Vision, Just the Heart

Do you know Duchess?
Duchess is a blind therapy dog who works with autistic children. Duchess wears a beautiful Golden Retriever smile. 
From the Duchess the Dog Website
Duchess is known for her compassionate heart. Though she cannot see the children who love her, she sees what matters about them. She "sees" them as humans with the same needs for companionship and comfort as neurotypical children.

Similarly, Duchess "sees" the young and vibrant person within the wrinkled, spotted skin of the elderly people she visits.

When I stumbled on the Duchess the Dog website, I knew I was Seeing Beauty. Because she is blind, she symbolizes the "seeing" that looks beyond the attributes our vision notices. She personifies the kind of love that doesn't ignore frailty, tics, stimming, or lack of eye contact; rather, it skips beyond these outer differences.

Duchess is not the only therapy dog with this kind of love for people others might regard as 'peculiar' or 'useless'. Rather, her blindness  highlights love that sees only with the heart.

Please click here if you'd like to see more photos of Duchess at her website. From there you can learn more about her on Facebook. May you See Beautiful with your heart my friends, just like Duchess!




18 comments:

  1. Duchess is something special alright! I've heard of blind elder dogs, but a blind dog that can work as a therapy dog still for autistic child is mindblowing. The handler for Duchness must be a real treasure too!

    Great See Beautiful post! :)

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    1. I agree, the handler must be very dedicated. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. What a beautiful story I work as a high school special Ed teacher with kids with cognitive disabilities who r severely delayed so I appreciate duchess work
    Urban hounds

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    1. That must be a difficult and deeply satisfying profession. Thank you for all you do for those kids.

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  3. We stopped by and befriended her on FB. Our beloved Cisco was also blind - we have a soft spot in our heart for them.

    Sam

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    1. Thank you for friending her Sam. I'll bet Cisco was a sweetheart.

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  4. What a lovely smile and what a wondeful dog. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. That smile is really something, reminds me of Sugar :)

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  5. That's such abeautiful picture. You are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  6. Duchess sees with her heart....
    Lovely post
    Hugs madi and Mom

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    1. Thanks Madi and your Mom! I think I'm your newest follower, started following yesterday. Madi is so cute!

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  7. Duchess is so very beautiful...Thank you for sharing her beauty today

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    1. You're welcome Gizmo, thank you for visiting :)

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  8. This is a beautiful post!! Thank you so much for sharing Duchess with us! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for stopping by!

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