How This Dog Saved Her Owner’s Life Three Times Will Leave You Amazed

If you’ve ever doubted the power of animals, this post will leave you speechless.

After her son was deployed overseas, Stephanie Herfel, 53, adopted her son’s Siberian husky named Sierra. They immediately became the best of friends and got to know each other very well.

Suddenly, in 2013, Stephanie began experiencing some serious pain in her abdomen. Around the exact same time, Sierra started acting very strangely.

She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes. She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!” Stephanie explains.

This led Stephanie to seek medical attention. A doctor diagnosed her pain as an ovarian cyst, prescribed some painkillers, and called it a day.

But Sierra still knew something else was wrong. Something very wrong.

Her odd behavior escalated. When she interacted with Stephanie’s belly, Sierra would run off and hide in the closet as if something had seriously frightened her. This behavior was so alarming, Stephanie decided to get a second opinion. She scheduled an appointment with a specialist.

To see her become so afraid was spooky in its own right. So I made an appointment with a gynecologist and in a matter of weeks and some blood work with an ultrasound, on 11-11-13 I was sitting in the gynecology oncologist room in shock that I had cancer, Stephanie shockingly reveals.

Stephanie was up for a tough fight. She had stage 3C ovarian cancer.

But thanks to Sierra’s warning, there were still powerful treatment options on the table. Stephanie underwent a full hysterectomy, had her spleen removed, and got chemotherapy.

Nobody would second guess Sierra going forward.

In 2015 Sierra exhibited strange, unsettling behavior once again. Stephanie went back to the oncologist who confirmed cancer had returned, this time in her liver area.

In 2016, it all happened again. This time Stephanie would battle cancer in her pelvis.

I owe my life to that dog. Shes really been a godsend to me, Stephanie says. “She has never been wrong.

Wow, right? I thought my dog was impressive when he managed to find the toy I hid between the couch cushions.

Stephanie’s oncologist, Dr. David Kushner, confirms this isn’t all a weird coincidence. Certain breeds of dog appear to have this skill built into their DNA, with an ability to predict cancer with an accuracy rate of up to 98%!

Sierra’s special ability doesn’t seem to be limited to just Stephanie, as she had a powerful reaction when a friend with ovarian cancer visited the house.

Stephanie has recently revealed on Facebook that her cancer may have returned for a fourth time, with Sierra once again making the diagnosis before the docs. Stephanie remains upbeat though, saying, “This hiccup does NOT change what Im doing with the media attention or any advocacy that is in my heart.”

Tongue-in-cheek, she tells her followers, “A biopsy request has been made to the two top radiologists in the country who happen to be at UW. If they feel they cant do it, then they will do a PET Scan. Little do they all know I already had a PET scan.”

She has had a heck of a PET Scan indeed!


Jacqueline GLYDE
Jacqueline GLYDE3 months ago

Well I can say my furbaby ( my Cat) hasn't left my side & I have just been diagnosed with a malignant bowel tumor.

hELEN hEARFIELD3 months ago


Paula A
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you

Jennifer H
Jennifer H3 months ago

Having just lost my girl to cancer I wish she could have told me about her own cancer. She gave me 4 days notice before I lost her during exploratory surgery. Good girl, Sierra.

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D4 months ago

I have NEVER doubted the power of animals. A pet is a member of the family to be loved and cherished and they do contribute much more than people realize.

Vincent T
Vincent T4 months ago

That's very good

Louise A
Lara A4 months ago


Melanie St. Germaine

What an awesome story! Sierra is an Angel!

heather g
heather g4 months ago

That dog is a blessing, indeed. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Stephanie and I hope Sierra gives you ongoing strength and protection.

Berenice Guedes de Sá

I do agree with Karen N. Her words were very correct and I feel so sorry to see or to know that some people do horrible things to animals!