Emma Smith and her two sons, Jack and Ben from Ruislip, Greater London, didn’t hesitate when choosing their new puppy. Charlie, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, soon stole their hearts. Yet the Staffie knew something was amiss.
By, 29 Aug 2019
Young pup soon fits into family life
From the moment they took Charlie home with them, the cute Staffie pup soon became one of the family. She was always affectionate, although she did go through a rather naughty puppy phase, chewing things she shouldn’t!
When the pup was a few months old, Emma noticed that the dog began acting in a strange manner. The Staffie would frequently jump up onto Emma’s lap and sniff at her right breast. At first, Emma thought she was nuzzling for crumbs she may have discovered, but as the pup continued to snuffle into her chest, she became quite worried that something might just not be quite right.
Dog triggers early diagnosis
Feeling rather concerned, Emma examined her breasts, only to discover a small lump on the right-hand side. She made an urgent doctor’s appointment, when she was referred to a consultant for further investigation. Unfortunately, the diagnosis wasn’t a good one, and Emma was told she had breast cancer. Of course, she was very frightened and shocked, but hopefully because Charlie had alerted her to the cancer, the early diagnosis would help.
Some dogs can detect cancer
Throughout recent years, canines have been used to sniff out and detect things that the human sense of smell cannot find. Some dogs are trained to pick up on migraines, others on seizures. More recently, dogs are being trained to detect cancer, often in its very early stages. However, even without this specialised training, Charlie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was able to help his mistress Emma by sniffing out and alerting her to a potential health issue.
Staffie is a life saver
Thankfully, following a mastectomy and chemotherapy, Emma is now on the mend and her cancer is in remission. She owes her life to Charlie, her Staffie pup. Of course the dog isn’t really aware of the amazing discovery she made, but she is certainly enjoying the extra cuddles and doggy treats she gets from Emma and the boys!