A faithful dog took on the role of cancer-sniffer to save its owner, a woman's life from malignant breast cancer.
Maureen Burn suspected a health problem after her red collie cross Max kept sniffing her breath and prodding her right breast, before withdrawing from his lively behaviour.
The 64-year-old, from Rugby, was prompted to go for a check-up, which confirmed a small but deadly lump in her right breast.
"I do believe that Max has saved my life. It was his peculiar reaction that alerted me to the fact that something was wrong," the Mirror quoted her as saying.
"At first I thought he was just getting old, he was not so playful and his eyes were sad. He'd sniff my breath in an odd way - I even asked my husband Roger if I had halitosis.
"Max would also nudge my right breast then back away. Then one day I felt this lump. Max looked at me so sadly and I instantly knew I had cancer.
"On the same day as the biopsy I told my nurse that I already knew, as my dear dog had told me.
"I thought she'd laugh but she said she'd heard it before," she added.