'Life-Saver' Husky Detects Owner's Cancer Three Times
We do not deserve dogs.
A Siberian husky is in the running for perhaps being named the most 'good girl' of all after literally sniffing-out her owner's cancer not once, not twice, but three times.
Sierra the husky first detected Stephanie Herfel's cancer back in 2013 after smelling her belly.
"She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes," Herfel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid."
At the time, Herfel had been experiencing pain in her abdomen but an emergency room doctor had reportedly sent her home after diagnosing her with an ovarian cyst.
In a video posted to her Facebook page earlier this year Herfel said the beloved husky had played an "intricate part" in her life.
"[She discovered] my ovarian cancer when it returned twice, so early that the doctors had not detected it yet".
In another post she said Sierra had gone from a pet to a life saver and a nurse, and said the Husky was even documented in her medical records.
"Sierra smelled my cancer not only the first time by smelling my belly and hiding, but hid on my two recurrences where my scan showed an area of suspicion and I had to wait 3-4 months for another scan to confirm -- she was right!!!"
According to Herfel, the husky also sniffed out a friend's tumour on another occasion.
Herfel is now cancer free and has recently been welcomed onto the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
As for Sierra, according to Herfel's Facebook, the life-saving pupper is getting the love and pampering that any medically trained pawfessional deserves.
In Australia, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer affecting women, according to the Cancer Council.
In 2014, 1,395 new cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in Australian women.
Featured Image: Facebook (Stephanie Herfel)