He may not have won the big title yet, but this Doberman Pinscher named Troy is already a fan favorite in the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – and it’s not just for his stunning good looks. This dog’s a true hero!
Three years ago, when Troy was only 4-month old, he saved his Staten Island owner, Diane Papazian’s life by detecting her breast cancer.
Papazian’s husband, Harry, described to The Daily News how, while lying in bed one morning, Troy was especially persistent in nuzzling Diane’s breast. This peculiar persistence led Diane to perform a self-exam during which she discovered a lump.
The lump proved to be cancerous. Diane underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy and is happily cancer-free now, thanks to Troy.
“Who knows what our lives would have been like if we didn’t have him?” said Harry, 57. “It could have been disastrous. We are just very thankful for having him in our lives.”
Since saving her owner’s life, Troy has been taking the dog show circuit by storm. He is currently the 9th highest ranked Doberman Pinscher headed into the Westminster Dog Show on February 10th and 11th at Madison Square Garden.
While the Papazian’s are hoping for a ‘Best in Show’ victory for their prized pooch, to them, he’s already a winner.