Stephanie Herfel has had cancer three times and each time, her dog Sierra has sniffed it out in time for doctors to be able to successfully treat it.
We hate to be judgemental, but when someone tells us they don't like dogs we instantly get a certain vibe from them, and it isn't a good one. Everyone is welcome to like and dislike whatever they so choose, but what is there not to like about dogs? They have been our best friends from the animal kingdom for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Plus, most of them are downright adorable.
Dogs play a much bigger role in our lives than merely being our pets, though. Service dogs around the world are helping people in a litany of different ways -whether it be guide dogs leading the blind, or sniffer dogs detecting drugs. That second one is a biggie. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. 50 times better than our own sense of smell.
You may have heard tales of dogs being able to smell cancer. Well, Stephanie Herfel and Sierra's story is living proof that those are more than just tales. Stephanie was diagnosed with cancer three times in a span of three years. However, before she was diagnosed by doctors, she was clued into the fact that something was wrong by Sierra, her husky.
In 2013, Stephanie began to suffer pain in her abdomen. Sierra would press her nose against it and then, after doing it three times, she went and hid as if she was upset, reported The Epoch Times. After a doctor diagnosed the pain as an ovarian cyst, Sierra continued to act strangely. That led Stephanie to seek out more medical advice and eventually she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Two years later, Stephanie's cancer returned, and then again a year after that. Both times, Sierra reacted similarly to how she did in 2013, so Stephanie understandably suspected the worst. If her pup hadn't alerted her to the cancer as early as she did, who knows whether Stephanie would have survived. She admits that she owes her life to the husky and if her cancer returns for a fourth time, Sierra will likely sniff it out once again.