The Dog Began Acting Weird Around Their Toddler. When They Took Her To The Doctor, They Learned WhyAshley Maisano
Bessie the Border Collie is being praised for saving the life of a young girl. The parents of two-year-old Philippa Woods say they noticed Bessie was acting strangely around their daughter. The beloved family pet refused to leave the small child’s side, alerting her parents that something was wrong.
Knowing something wasn’t right, Philippa was rushed to the doctor’s office, where she was diagnosed with a severe and aggressive form of cancer. Thanks to Bessie’s behavior, the early diagnosis allowed Philippa to be undergo treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Her parents were shocked when they noticed Bessie became extremely protective of the small child. Philippa had began showing symptoms of illness, but her parents assumed it was a minor cold. Her parents shudder at the thought of what could have happened if Bessie wasn’t here. Their daughter is currently undergoing chemotherapy and has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
After her diagnosis, Bessie’s owners discovered something shocking about the dog’s past. She isn’t the first one in her bloodline to have an excellent sense of smell. Meg, a fellow border collie and relative of Bessie, is also being praised as a hero. She alerted her owner of an aggressive form of breast cancer by using the same tactics.
“Philippa’s family and mine have so much to be thankful to our dogs for. Bessie acted the same way as Meg had, she wouldn’t leave Philippa’s side. That was enough to make them realize something could be seriously wrong. It meant both Philippa and I were diagnosed early and of course that can be a lifesaver,” explains Meg’s owner, Julia. “The dogs have both shown this amazing sixth sense, I dread to think about the outcome if they hadn’t been there for us.”
It has been scientifically proven that some dogs can sense the early stages of many diseases and illnesses. Specially-trained dogs have become extremely helpful in finding hard-to-diagnose forms of cancer and treatment of Type-1 diabetes.