Smiley: The Blind Golden Retriever

It’s the dog that’s inspired hundreds of kids and adults alike.

The phrase “love is blind” can’t be truer for anyone else than Smiley the dog.

 

The twelve year old Golden Retriever was born with a condition similar to dwarfism. Not only did the ailment leave him eyeless, but also with oversized teeth. His eye sockets (which were sewn shut to prevent infection) and his large jaw give the impression that Smiley is constantly smiling, hence his name.

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What he lacked for in sight, Smiley made up for with his big, lovable heart. (happytailspetphotography.ca)

However, Smiley’s days weren’t always filled with warmth and happiness. Born in a puppy mill, along with over a hundred other dogs, Smiley had struggled to survive due to his disabilities. When Joanne George, Smiley’s current owner, first found Smiley, he had wounds all over his face and ears. Along with ten other puppies, Smiley was taken by George to be placed with other families in Canada. While the other dogs were sold to other families, George decided to raise Smiley herself.

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(happytailspetphotography.ca)

Initially extremely shy and fidgety, Smiley was able to come out of his shell with George’s care and her boisterous Great Dane. Now, Smiley works at the St. Johns Ambulance, a first aid training organization, where he had been trained to become a therapy dog. Most of Smiley’s work consists of supporting children and the disabled. George takes Smiley to accompany children to funerals and visitations, claiming that “the presence of a dog helps relieve the sadness surrounding them in these moments” (The Huffington Post). She also takes Smiley to a local library in Stouffville, Canada to spend time with children who have autism or difficulty reading and to classrooms with students with special needs. “These kids who were born with different disabilities are able to see that dogs, too, are born with the same disabilities. It’s important for them to see that Smiley has overcome, and that he’s happy” (Joanne George, The Huffington Post).

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Smiley has found happiness in himself and has used his disability to give love and have love. (Facebook)

One miraculous tale of Smiley’s ever-contagious joy is of his experience with a man named Teddy. Teddy was a man who Smiley frequently visited at the local nursing home. He had no speech and was unable to communicate with others, but that didn’t stop Smiley from trying. “One day, Smiley put his feet up in front of [Teddy] and he started smiling and making noise. All of the nurses rushed into the room and said they’ve never seen the man smile before — never seen any kind of reaction,” said George (The Huffington Post).

 

Smiley’s understanding and patience for everyone around him is what make him so lovable and special. George hopes that Smiley’s story will not only inspire people to not dwell on their past or disabilities, but also encourage others to adopt dogs despite their disabilities, and give them a chance. Although Smiley is now aging, his love and enthusiasm will never die.

– Seiyeon Park (’17)

Photo: Happytailspetphotography
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)

Photo Gallery: Running Man 2015

Blueprint’s captured every single intense moment of this year’s Running Man brought to you by NHS.

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Photo and captions by: Faith Choi (’16)

The Blurred Lines Controversy & Trial

Did Blurred Lines deserve the jury’s decision that they got, or is it just another Natalia-Kills-esque accusation?

We all know of the highly controversial song ‘Blurred Lines’ that made its breakthrough in 2013. As rumors and accusations arose, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams decided to launch a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines” wasn’t a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” However, their plan ended up majorly backfiring on them as the Gaye family countersued.

 

And so the 2-year legal battle began.

 

Although the two songs differ in lyrics, two factors of song production were taken into consideration. First was the sound recording, which is the license needed for the actual song. Second was the musical composition–which is the license that has to be paid in order to cover everything from the people who wrote the song, to the people who manipulate the composition of the song itself (so if an artist covers a song, the people who made that song possible still get paid).

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Marvin Gaye (Mojo Music)

The Gaye family argued that Thicke had stolen the musical composition, meaning that Gaye’s voice, the percussion, and the backing vocalists could not be considered in this trial. The music of the song that Gaye originally wrote could be considered–the sheet music being the only piece of copyright infringement. The family couldn’t play the recordings side-by-side in the trial because the performances of the songs might sway the jury. But eventually, the Gaye family was allowed to play a stripped-down version of the song for the jury to listen to.

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Suited Up: Robin Thicke (Left) and Pharrell Williams (Right) both made court appearances in hopes to defend their work. Both their outfits look like they’re about to go on the red carpet though — just look at Pharrell’s sunglasses! (David Buchan / Getty Images) 

The highly publicized trial was dramatic from the start, with Thicke and Williams both appearing in court in defense of their ostensibly original work. In April 2014, Thicke confessed to rampant drug use during the writing and recording of “Blurred Lines,” and claimed he had little to do with the song’s creation.

On March 10, 2015, the jury came to the final verdict: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found guilty and had to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for copyright infringement.

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From Beginning Till The End: The trio’s music video, although admittedly catchy, stirred controversy from the start for its suggestive lyrics, as well as their rather racy music video. (Interscope Records)

The two singers and rapper, T.I. released a formal statement to the public regarding the final verdict that read:

While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.


It is a fact
that these overlaps in music happen fairly often. However, this was simply a highly publicized case. In all likelihood, this ruling won’t change the music industry as this is not a major change to the copyright law or an attempt to change any production ways. This case stands alone as one civil case and not a a domino in a line of falling ones.

Check it out for yourselves, do you think there was a clear copyright infringement? Comment below!

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Interscope Records