It is a well known theory that dogs have the ability to read our body language. They sense when we are going to do feed them or take them on a walk.
This video, uploaded by BBC Earth shows the remarkable relationship between Maureen Burns and her dog, Max.
Burns grew concerned over her collie cross’s health, at nine years old, when he started acting strangely. She was so concerned with the changes that she thought that he was dying.
“The odd signs were when he would come up and touch my breast with his nose, and back off so desperately unhappy with such a sad look in his eyes,” stated Burns in the video.
Burns was aware that she had a lump in her breast. However as her last mammogram showed to be clear Burns did not think anything of it. It was only when she realised that Max’s behaviour may be an indicator that something was wrong, that she decided to undertake more tests to see but still the results were negative. The tumor was finally diagnosed after Burns underwent a surgical Biopsy.
According to the BBC, many dogs have the ability to smell the chemicals emitted by cancerous tumors.
In 2003, the InSitu Foundation performed a study in 2003 which showed that dogs are able to discover breast and lug cancer by smelling a patient’s breath.
According to this study, “Dogs accuracy levels have been proven to be 88% specific, and 99% sensitive in the early detection of lung and breast cancer.”
Burns said that she noticed a change in Max’s behaviour as soon as she arrived home from the hospital, after undergoing treatment to have the lump removed.
“He put his nose across my breast to check where the operation had been and was wagging his tail and his eyes were happy,” Burns said in the video. “I love Max and I owe him so much.”