It’s not uncommon to hear that dogs have a special sense in regards to acknowledging or discovering certain human illnesses. Some studies have suggested that dogs can detect a number of different types of cancer, including, but not limited to, prostate, skin, and bladder cancer.
Once again, dogs prove to be human’s best friend in a heartwarming tale shared by the acclaimed actress Shannen Doherty, who has been battling breast cancer for some time now.
Before the 90210 actress was officially diagnosed with the disease, her dog Bowie had already sensed that something was wrong with her beloved owner. “She would obsessively sniff right here on my right side for a long time before,” said Doherty in a preview of yesterday’s Entertainment Tonight episode while pointing to her right side of the body.
After reaching out to her doctor and getting a proper diagnosis, Doherty realized her former breast cancer had in fact spread throughout her lymph nodes, leading to a new chemotherapy treatment. Bowie also soon realized this as Doherty shares how her pet kept sniffing around her right side of the body when she came back from her first breast mastectomy back in May of 2015.
“Then when I had my first chemo, she would sniff my entire body up and down. And she was always protective before, but she has become this crazy, protective dog,” said the actress. “It’s hard to get close to me when [Bowie’s] around.”
Shannen Doherty’s dog, Bowie, helped sniff cancer cells before being officially diagnosed.
Despite describing her illness and treatment as “traumatic and horrible”, Shannen continues her battle with cancer and is supported by her loving husband Kirk Iswarienko, and her dog Bowie.
Check your local listing to catch the three-series Entertainment Tonight episodes with Shannen Doherty’s interview.