A genius Yorkshire terrier saved her owner's life by alerting her to a cancerous lump she had no idea existed.
The little hero continued to jump up and down on Karena Kirk-Drain's chest even when she was being pushed away.
Eleven-year-old pooch Bella Boo even refused to sleep in her usual spot and insisted on lying on and licking Karena's chest until she took notice.
Incredibly the bouncing began to hurt Karena so much that she inspected her chest for injuries and spotted a lump which doctors confirmed was breast cancer.
Karena, of Blackpool, Lancashire, then underwent life-saving treatment and believes the disease would have been missed if it wasn’t for Bella-Boo’s actions.
She said: "Bella started bouncing on me, and at one point she caught me – and I actually thought she’d bruised me, as I was very sore there.
“And I was feeling around, and I actually felt a lump, and I was thinking, ‘Is that a lump inside?’”
"I wouldn’t be here without Bella doing that.
“I didn’t think dogs could detect cancer, I thought it was a lot of hoo-ha really, but this proves that they can and how amazing they are.
“I’m just so lucky to be here – little Bella-Boo saved my life.”
The protective pooch began acting up on Karena's late mum's birthday on October 14, 2013.
A few weeks later, Karena thought her dog was unwell when she wouldn’t stop weeping, but baffled vets confirmed that she was in fact fit and healthy.
Karena said Bella-Boo’s odd demeanour continued over the following three weeks, and later the little dog started to cry, leaving her concerned about her health.
She said: “It was my mum’s birthday, which was really bizarre, and she started acting really weird.
“Bella always slept on the back of my legs, but she kept lying on my chest.
“I’m quite small framed, so with a Yorkshire terrier on me, I couldn’t breath, but every time I took her off me, she’d crawl back on again.
“She started laying there and crying, and it was a heart-breaking cry. It was soul-destroying hearing her like that.
“I took her to the vets and said ‘There’s something wrong with my dog, she’s lying on me and crying, she’s obviously trying to tell me something – she must be in pain’.
“But they checked her heart and did some basic checks and said there was nothing wrong with her.”
Karena said Bella-Boo then began to lick her chest before she became even more aggressive.
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Karena was later advised by a nurse at a walk-in centre to seek immediate assistance from a specialist cancer doctor.
She was then informed by medics that she had breast cancer, and worryingly the disease had already started spreading
She said: “The doctor said the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes – that’s probably why Bella was getting more determined because it was spreading.”
Karena then underwent years of life-saving cancer therapy and now believes Bella-Boo was sent by her late mum to save her life.
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