What a difference a few months can make!

For that matter, what a difference love can make!

When we first met Jade back in the middle of January, she was in desperate need of surgery to repair her wounded face.

Left untreated, her wounds transformed her appearance. Exposed bone and rotting flesh were clearly visible.

Dr. Ferguson would be her surgeon (To Jade, her “Hero”) for multiple procedures. Bone was removed, as well as a canine. Her nasal passages were re-formed to improve her breathing and her jaw was restructured to allow her to eat and drink without problems. Skin from her lips was also positioned to cover the remaining exposed jaw.

While her physical transformation is a site to be seen, her behavioral transformation is something to be proud of.

Currently living with her foster mom, Jen Poulos of Paw Platoon, Jade has really come out of her shell.

To Jen, it has been an incredible change.

Jen says the proof came in Mid-March. For the first time since she has had her, Jade played with a toy on March 14th.

Playing with a toy might seem like a normal activity to some, but to Jen, it was a ‘milestone’ saying it breaks her heart to think she’s probably never had a toy to play with before she was rescued by Greg Wilson of TACT (Trumbull Animal Cruelty Taskforce).

“I think we both cried!” Jen laughs, “She was so awkward with it at first, but she does it all the time now! She loves Nylabones!”

She plays, she loves, and she certainly is not shy in her temporary home. She sprawls out on the furniture, living up this new life of hers.

Believe it or not, Jade still has a few obstacles to face. She is unfortunately heartworm positive and undergoing treatment that will take place over the next few months. After treatment, she can then be spayed.

Now, time for some good news! Dr. Ferguson gave her a clean report at her last recheck on April 11th and she doesn’t require any further surgeries or appointments at AVREC.

The REALLY good news! After Jade finishes her heartworm treatment…. she will be adoptable!

“I’m pretty sure they will have to pry her out of my arms by then.” Jen laughs, “But she deserves a perfect forever home.”

We all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that looks can be deceiving. Jade is a prime example of that.

She may have a forever smile, but let’s just chalk that up to her being so happy with her new life.

And we bet that smile will stick around even after she has that forever home, too.

Below is a progression of Jade’s recovery:

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Jade before her first surgery on January 15, 2016

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Jade immediately after her first surgery on January 15, 2016

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Jade during her first recheck on February 2, 2016

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Jade with Greg Miller of TACT during a recheck after her 2nd surgery on March 4, 2016

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Jade at another recheck on March 14, 2016 (The same day she played with a toy for the first time!)

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Jade on National Doctor Day – March 30, 2016

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Jade at her LAST recheck on April 11, 2016!