A hero Labrador has been praised after helping detect breast cancer in his grateful owner.
Anna Neary, 46, told the Labrador Owners UK Facebook group how four-year-old Harvey had started to “prod and nudge” her chest with his nose.
He did this for six weeks before a cancerous lump, in the exact same spot a lump on her right breast was found.
Anna, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, admits to “thinking nothing much of it” at the time, until she found a lump and went to the doctors.
It turned out that she had stage three breast cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes.
But now, three years later, the mum-of-two is in remission and has praised her pooch for saving her life.
She told The Mirror: “It was September 2018, he just came and sat on me like he does and began nudging and sniffing like he'd lost something.
“I told him to stop but he carried on this behaviour for a couple of weeks. I thought nothing of it.
“He was just laying on my right breast, very persistent.
“Six weeks later I checked I had a lump, went to the GP and was referred to the cancer pathway.
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“I have to have yearly mammograms and will probably be told in 2028 I'm all clear, still have the odd scare and spend a lot of time at appointments but I'm still here thanks to my Harvey.”
Posting about the story in the Facebook group, she said that she loves “him so much – he's my Lab hero, just look at that smile.”
Her post has received more 1,300 likes, and many comments praising the pup.
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Lesley Miller wrote: “Hooray for Harvey!! What a clever boy! So happy you are well.”
And Jilly Eley commented: “Omg made me cry reading this. What a beautiful bond you have and such a clever dog.
“Well done you for kicking cancer into touch.”
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And Rachel C-k shared her own similar personal story, too.
She wrote: “I was also diagnosed with BC in 2018, the year we had planned to finally get our long awaited puppy – but he’s here now finally
“Big love to you – you are amazing and I’m so happy you have your boy by your side – these incredible creatures really are amazing.”
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