Friday's Feature: An AKC Hero
We have mentioned dogs that are capable of sensing bacterial threats in hospitals. We’ve also referenced service dogs employed by epileptic patients, potentially warning their owners of an impending episode and attracting the attention of others. Recently, one amazing Doberman is under the spot light for accomplishing another amazing feat with very practical medical applications.
Troy, who is ranked 9th in the country in the AKC show ring, belongs to Diane Papazian. She obtained Troy when he was only 12 weeks old and immediately welcomed him into the family. One night soon after Troy began sleeping in the family bed, he continually pushed his muzzle into his owner’s side. The incessant nuzzling of Troy alerted Diane to a small lump in her breast. A test confirmed that the lump was malignant and Diane had a double mastectomy. Troy sparked a concern in his owner that saved her life.
Troy will be competing at the 138th Annual Westminister Dog Show on February 10th and 11th. You can see him compete with other dogs in the Working Group on CNBC from 8 to 11 EST for Monday’s portion and USA from 7:30 to 11 EST for Tuesday’s portion. The Doberman has become a popular breed in the U.S., jumping from the 22nd most popular AKC breed in 2003 to the 12th most popular breed in 2013. Athletic and disciplined, the breed can now boast an example of a life saving exemplary scent.