A smile says a lot about a person. We use them to tell the world that we are happy, make a friend feel better, and pose for photographs. So, what happens when you suffer an injury that takes away your ability to smile? What does that do to your personality, not to mention your confidence?
That's exactly what happened to Duchess, a stray cat who was brought to an animal hospital in Texas after getting hit by a car. The accident broke her jaw and left her face crooked as a result. For a stray like Duchess, the chances of survival didn't seem good.
Other animal hospitals might not have treated her with the same care and compassion she received at Adobe Animal Hospital and Clinic, but the kind souls there decided to give Duchess their all. Check out the images below to see what Duchess looks like today and learn more about the incredible relationship she formed with one of the vets. This kitten just goes to show that smiles come in all shapes and sizes.
This is Duchess.
Her jaw was badly injured when she got hit by a car last October.
Thankfully, someone found her and decided to take her into Adobe Animal Hospital and Clinic.
"Most places would've just euthanized her, but, by some miracle, Duchess got lucky," said veterinarian Crystal Tate in an interview with The Dodo.
The vets at Adobe Animal Hospital did everything they could to help heal her jaw.
While the surgery was successful, the future was uncertain. Duchess would have to stay in the hospital for about a month afterward in order to properly recover. A variety of medications and feeding tubes would make this a tough month for Duchess, but she was determined to survive.
"I met her the day I arrived at the clinic for my first day," Tate went on to say. "Her mouth was just beginning to heal, the feeding tube had just been removed and she was very thin. The lowest meow caught my attention - her eyes showed so much sadness, but her purrs showed so much love and hope."
It wasn't long before Tate and Duchess formed a special connection.
"I had never cared for a special needs kitty and she had never experienced life as a special needs kitty, but we've learned [together]."
"She has been a part of our family since November and she walks around like she owns the house. We are still learning her quirks and helping her live her new life, but we wouldn't have it any other way."
Now, Duchess is getting to live with her new brothers and sisters. There's Joshua (a Siberian husky), Peaches (a bichon), and her fellow feline Oliver.
As you can see, they all get along great.
"She has had a few more procedures since coming home with me, but she is getting stronger every day and we couldn't be more proud."
Here's a video of the playful Duchess in action:
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