A puppy who lost all of her fur due to mange – a skin disease caused by mites – now looks unrecognisable after she was nursed back to health.
Vet assistant Jessie DeFreitas fell in love with little Terra, despite the poor pup suffering from such a bad skin condition that all her fur had fallen out.
But now, thanks to the 21-year-old’s dedication and love, Terra looks like an Instagram model dog after being nursed back to full health.
Jessie was shocked when she first saw Terra, who was brought in by her owners, who weren’t taking care of her.
She said: ‘Everyone at the vet knows I’m a huge animal lover.
‘When I was told we had a new dog, I had to see her.
‘She may have had mange, but she had beautiful eyes.
‘The vet said if the dog wasn’t signed over to them, she wouldn’t have survived.
‘She needed constant care.
‘I asked to foster the dog. My mum asked if I was sure because we already have four cats and another rescue dog at home.
‘But everyone knows I love animals. At the vets I’m constantly asking about people’s pets.’
Jessie, from Crawley, West Sussex, brought Terra back home in August.
In a short three months, the dog went from angry and biting to ‘kind and sweet’.
She said: ‘I am a massive animal lover – a massive sucker for the cute ones, especially. I fell in love with her from the beginning.
‘When we first brought her home, she was a playful biter. Her original name, Honey, didn’t fit her at all.
‘To me, Honey is sweet and she is not.
‘My mum named her Terra with an ‘a’ because it fit her better – she can be a little terror.’
Terra fully recovered from the mange and she’s now a playful little puppy.
Jessie said: ‘She’s recovered really well. You can see it in her eyes – she’s become happier and happier.
‘She’s amazing. She’s just the kindest and sweetest thing.’
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