Modern medicine is great and all, but it was her Siberian husky who first found a Wisconsin woman’s cancer. Stephanie Herfel had been experiencing abdominal pain at the time she got her new dog, Sierra, and the dog had an unusual reaction.
“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes,” Herfel explains. She says the dog did it a second and third time, then she went and hid. That prompted Herfel to make a doctor’s appointment, where she was told she had an ovarian cyst and was sent home with pain medicine.
But Sierra started acting strangely again, rolling up in a tight ball in a closet when Herfel came home, so she decided to get a second opinion. A few weeks later, the doctor confirmed she had stage 3 ovarian cancer, leading to a hysterectomy and chemo. But Sierra showed the same weird behavior again in 2015 and again a year later and each time, it was confirmed that Herfel’s cancer had returned, first to her liver and then her pelvis.
“I owe my life to that dog,” Herfel says of Sierra. “She has never been wrong.”