A woman rescues a stray three-legged dog, who saves her life in the process.


A woman rescues a stray three-legged dog, who saves her life in the process.

Karen Ethier, 55, visited her doctor after her son Louie wouldn’t stop nuzzling and headbutting her chest, indicating that she had breast cancer.

When Louie, a rescue hound, saved the life of a woman who took in a cruelly neglected dog, she was rewarded for her kindness.

Karen Ethier was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer after Louie alerted her to a lump.

After her pet repeatedly nuzzled and headbutted her chest, the 55-year-old received the shocking diagnosis from her doctor.

Karen is now in remission after undergoing surgery, as well as intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Louie is the most incredible dog,” she said.

“He was emaciated and bruised when he arrived at the rescue center.”

“I knew I wanted to save him, and in return, he literally saved my life.”

“We were able to save each other.

It was a difficult treatment, but he was by my side the entire time.

I’m so fortunate to have such a bright puppy.”

She already had four dogs, but when she saw the mastiff and Staffordshire bull terrier cross in the Bath Cats and Dogs Home in Somerset, she fell in love with him.

As a result of his neglect, he had to have his leg amputated.

“He was so sweet,” Karen said, “and I fell in love with him the moment I saw him.”

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Karen was out with a friend in October 2020 when Louis began acting strangely.

“I had no idea what he was doing when he nudged my boob.”

“‘Have you checked yourself recently?’ said a friend.

“When I discovered a lump, I couldn’t believe it.

Karen, from Cirencester, Gloucs, added, “Louie was trying to warn me the whole time.”


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