By Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer
When Diane Papazian's husband Harry pestered her to add Troy, a four-month-old Doberman Pinscher, to the family, she was reluctant. They already owned a fox terrier, and besides, she hadallergies. Little did the Staten Island resident know, the new dog would be what she calls her "life saving puppy," detecting stage two breast cancer even though she had gone for a mammogram only six months earlier.
You can see Troy all grown up and competing in theWestminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week. Besides being a life-saving hero, he's currently the ninth ranked Doberman pinscher in the country and number one in the state of New York and has done training to be a therapy dog for his post-show career. What did you do today?
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The story begins three years ago when Troy's breeder asked if the family could take him home a month earlier than expected. "He was a tiny little thing," Papazin, now 56, tells Yahoo Shine. "One night he was curled up between us in bed. He kept nuzzling up against my left side." Troy's persistent nosing triggered an allergic reaction. "I itched myself, and then I popped up in bed and said, 'Holy cow! What's this?'" She felt a lump in her left breast that was already three centimeters in diameter. ...more