This is Xander. He is an impossibly adorable blind therapy pug who gives hope to victims of child and spousal abuse.

He is a two year old service dog in Oregon who was rescued by his besotted owner Rodney Beedy.


“I loved him,” Rodeny said of meeting Xander for the first time.

“Just his personality and everything, I was saying ‘I take this dog, he’s going to make a fantastic therapy dog.”

“A lot of times he’ll hear a child crying at an event and he’s bolted several times, at least 500 feet over to this child to comfort them,” Rodney said.

At home, Rodney points out that Xander is just like any of his other dogs. "He doesn't act like a dog that has no sight. He runs around here and does different things just like a sighted dog. He goes in and out of the doggie door. He figured that one out in one night," he explained.

Xander with Rodney

See more photos of Xander on his Facebook page.

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  • Xander The Pug

    Xander, a pug who lost his eyes, works as a therapy dog in Klamath Falls, Oregon. (Steven Silton/Herald and News)

  • Xander The Pug

    Xander frequently works with children who are abused and also for groups that raise awareness about domestic violence. (Steven Silton/Herald and News)

  • Xander The Pug

    Xander, who's a bit over a year old, was adopted by Rodney and Marcie Beedy. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meet-Xander/138091043044758" target="_blank">(Meet "Xander" Facebook page)</a>

  • Xander The Pug

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meet-Xander/138091043044758" target="_blank">Meet "Xander" Facebook page</a>

  • Xander The Pug

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meet-Xander/138091043044758" target="_blank">Meet "Xander" Facebook Page.</a>

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