Incredible Siberian Husky Saves Her Human’s Life Three Times

We often say things like “my dog rescued me,” but Stephanie
Herfel’s dog, Sierra, really did – and not just once – three
different times!

Stephanie Herfel took in her son’s Siberian Husky when he was
deployed with the Air Force in 2011. Sierra was only 9-months-old
and at the time Stephanie had no idea she’d be a life saver. They
became fast friends and together the two moved from California to
Wisconsin in 2013. Soon after the move was the first time Sierra
tipped Stephanie off that something wasn’t right. Stephanie had
been feeling a pain in her lower abdomen but hadn’t given it much
thought. She told the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
:

“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently
that I thought I spilled something on my clothes. She did it a
second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and
hid. I mean hid!”

Sierra’s strange behavior was enough to get Stephanie to drive
to the ER. A doctor there diagnosed her with an ovarian cyst, gave
her some medicine for the pain, and sent her on her way. Sierra was
still behaving strangely, though, so Stephanie went for a second
opinion.

“To see her become so afraid was spooky in its own right. So I
made an appointment with a gynecologist and in a matter of weeks
and some blood work with an ultrasound, on 11-11-13 I was sitting
in the gynecology oncologist room in shock that I had
cancer.”

Sierra had been able to smell the cancer in Stephanie’s body
and had been trying to warn her. The cancer required a full
hysterectomy and the removal of her spleen, but she recovered with
Sierra by her side.

But it wasn’t over. Sierra’s strange behavior picked back up
twice – in 2015 and in 2016. Upon seeing a doctor she found that
the cancer had returned both times, first in her liver and then
again in her pelvis. She and her doctor both credit Sierra for
catching it all three times. She told Pickler & Ben:

“I was informed that there had been studies done, and it’s
not breed specific, but if they do maintain a scent then they’re
98% accurate.”

Stephanie is now a member on the board of the Wisconsin Ovarian
Cancer Alliance. She hopes to spread awareness and educate others
on ovarian cancer. She has also shared the story of how Sierra
saved her life, and will be appearing in a documentary about dogs
who can sniff out cancer.

Our dogs can do all kinds of amazing things. Sierra may not have
been the first dog to have alerted her human to cancer, but she
could be the reason that Stephanie is still here today.

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Stephanie & Sierra on Facebook
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H/T:
JSOnline.com

Featured Photo:
Stephanie & Sierra’s Journey/Facebook

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Incredible Siberian Husky Saves Her Human’s Life Three Times