Dutchess the Blind Therapy Dog
From Huffington Post: When a child approached to pet but seemed nervous, Dutchess instinctively understood and would respond with great gentleness so the child felt safe. [Her trainer] believed that Dutchess possessed an empathy and that couldn’t be taught, making her an ideal therapy dog for people with autism and special needs, especially those hesitant about communication and interaction.
…And when she was struck blind with a hereditary disease, rather than go into retirement, Dutchess became more passionate and better skilled at her new job. Read the full story here.