My Dog Can Detect Illness
We have all had pets throughout life, but it takes a true heart to actually love an animal like it was your own child. Animals can see and sense things that we humans can only imagine. Let’s take dogs for instance, did you know that a dog can detect Cancer? Or that dogs can detect seizures that are coming on, whether it be a child or an adult or even another dog/animal? They can even sense a change in weather patterns; approaching thunderstorms, tornadoes and even earthquakes. Dogs can be trained to do a multitude of things. Anything from sniffing bombs, bodies, drugs, etc., etc. They can even sense when a person with RSD/CRPS is going into a flare-up and that’s why I believe my dog can detect illness.
Oliver is my 3-year-old Pitbull and he is a blessing to me. I found Oliver when he was a just a tiny puppy one cold dark January day, just about 3 months before my accident. I planned on having him trained for obedience and some other simple tasks, possibly even doing some agility type of skills. Before all that could happen, I was in my car wreck and I had to have surgery (three of them to be exact, all within 6 months). After the first surgery in January 2014, Oliver showed a few signs of compassion that I had not seen in him before. After the second surgery he had shown a little bit more. After the third surgery and a RSD diagnosis, he really stuck by my side and started acting different from our other dog.
He was still very rambunctious and got into lots of mischief with his older brother Capt’n; running, playing and acting like dogs do. Yet, when it came to me, he was very gentle and cautious. Especially towards the left side of body (that’s where the damage is). My last surgery was in July of 2014. Oliver and I have created a bond like no other dog I have ever had before. I had gotten him into some training classes and he is doing awesome.
Before my accident and my surgeries, I could barely walk him or even take him in the front yard. He now walks on a leash, ON the left side of my body and walks so proudly like he is protecting me. He no longer yanks and pulls. We have even been walking and I have fallen a few times, what does he do?? He stands at my side until help has arrived (I have had to call my wife while laying on the ground).
We all have animals, some of them stay inside and some stay outside. My dogs stay in the house most of the time, kinda like a 2,000 square foot dog house. My dogs do like to go out and chase the wood rats and birds. Our other dog is a Winnie dog, so he is more of a varmint hunting dog. Always bringing rats, birds, moles or snakes like presents to our back door.
After noticing what Oliver does, I now know my dog can detect illness (at least detect my illness). I want to challenge you to watch your animals and see what they will tell you. Even if you don’t suffer from chronic pain or any kind of illness and you are completely healthy and hit the gym every single day. I think they will surprise you and you will be amazed of what they let you know. If you’re still not convinced check out this article by Web MD.
Y’all have a good day and please love your fur babies, bring them inside to be with the rest of your family. ~ Travis
Have you noticed if your dog can detect illness or any of your animals can sense your illness? Please comment in the section below.