Rescue Dog Sniffs Out Owner’s Skin Cancer!


I’ve heard about this kind of thing before, but I’ve never gotten documented proof. Now I have.  

A one-eyed dog saved her owner’s life by sniffing out a cancerous lump, just months after she was rescued.

Victoria, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, sniffed around a reddish lump near the nostril of her owner Lauren Gauthier, of Buffalo, N.Y., until she went to the doctor to examine further.

A skin biopsy came back to show the blemish was basal cell carcinoma, and if caught any later, could have developed into deadly melanoma.

“She’d been literally putting her nose onto my nose where the cancer was,” Gauthier told

Recently, she noticed a small lump on her face, but dismissed it as a scratch. Victoria, seemed to notice instinctively that something was wrong.

“She started smelling a specific are of my nose to the extent that she would actually touch her nose to mine where the cancer is and lean back and look at me and smell it again and look at me,” Gauthier explained.

Gauthier explained that she and her husband, Benjamin, adopted Victoria just eight months before. Victoria came to them already having an eye injury they suspected was the result of careless hunting.

Gauthier had the spot diagnosed and underwent surgery to remove the cancer shortly after.

While her nostril is now slightly scarred, and she didn’t have feeling in her nose for several months, she said she is glad Victoria the dog caught the cancer early on.

So who rescued whom?

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