Claire Guest was walking her dogs when Daisy, a fox red Labrador, nudged her breast insistently and stared up into her face with her big brown eyes. Though faced with many challenges, Claire and her dogs have proven to be a remarkable asset to cancer detection, and have changed the lives of many seriously ill people and their families.
Claire Guest was walking her dogs when Daisy, a fox red Labrador, nudged her breast insistently and stared up into her face with her big brown eyes. Sensing something was wrong, Claire visited her GP and soon found out she had a very deep - and difficult to diagnose - form of breast cancer. Daisy had saved her life, simply by smelling her cancer.
With her scientific background and deep love of dogs, Claire intuited that Daisy and her canine pals could save many more lives, and set up the charity Medical Detection Dogs. Though faced with many challenges, Claire and her dogs have proven to be a remarkable asset to cancer detection, and have changed the lives of many seriously ill people and their families.
This is the story of how our relationship with dogs can unleash life-saving talents, changing not only the medical world, but our own lives too.
Claire Guest has been involved in the training of dogs for tasks involving scent for over twenty years.
She is currently Chief Executive and Director of Operations for the charity Medical Detection Dogs, an organisation that trains dogs to identify human disease by odour. They are currently working on a number of pioneering research projects involving canine olfaction, including the training of dogs to detect cancer, blood sugar changes and Addison's disease.
In 2011, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of an outstanding contribution to development of new approaches for the detection of life threatening diseases.
"An inspiring story ... a fascinating read" The Sun "The work of Medical Detection Dogs is moving and mind-blowing ! And Claire Guest is phenomenal.I am pleased and proud to support her in any way I can, and cannot recommend this book highly enough." Lesley Nicol "This is an incredible story of determination and belief. A moving, inspiring and hugely uplifting read." Kate Humble "A deeply personal story ... fantastic." Dogs Monthly "A moving story ... inspiring. 5/5" Your Dog
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