A Yorkshire Terrier saved her owner’s life after jumping up and down on her chest to alert her to a cancerous lump.
Eleven-year-old pooch Bella Boo wouldn’t settle in her usual sleeping place and kept trying to lie on Karena Kirk-Drain’s chest despite being pushed away.
The dog continued to act strangely over the following three weeks. She even began crying. Karena was worried about Karena’s health when she would not stop crying. However, her confused vets proved that she is healthy and fit.
Karena called it “a heart-breaking cry,” and thought the dog was “obviously trying to tell me something.”
She continued licking and hopping on the 53-year-old’s chest.
“Bella began bouncing around on me and I thought she had bruised my ego. I was sore at the time
“And I was feeling around, and I actually felt a lump, and I was thinking, ‘Is that a lump inside?'”
Then, doctors confirmed it was breast cancer.
The Blackpool, Lancashire woman then underwent life-saving treatment and believes the disease would have been missed if it wasn’t for Bella-Boo’s actions.
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“I didn’t think dogs could detect cancer, I thought it was a lot of hoo-ha really, but this proves that they can.”
” I’m so fortunate to have you here; Bella-Boo saved me .”
“Bella slept on her back, but she stayed on my chest. She would crawl on my chest every time I removed her
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The doctor said the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and Karena thinks that’s why Bella was getting more determined–because it was spreading.
After the ordeal she travelled the globe, realizing how fortunate she was to have her diagnosis so early.
” I didn’t believe that dogs could detect cancer. I didn’t believe that dogs could detect cancer.”
“Once I got the cancer removed, she stopped straight away, and she started lying behind my legs again.”
Karena urges pet owners now to be aware of their unusual behavior going forward.
“Might be that if their dog starts acting oddly, people will reconsider.
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“People underestimate dogs and cats and all animals. But they are amazing creatures.”
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