My Dog's Premonition Warned Me

My Furry Best Friend

Joey was my rock and loving companion when I went through the cancer journey
Joey was my rock and loving companion when I went through the cancer journey | Source

Definition of Premonition

Definition of premonition according to Thesarus: a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding, presentiment, apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread. - fearful expectation or anticipation - a premonition of something adverse; "a shadow over his happiness" presage - a foreboding about what is about to happen - an early warning about a future event- forewarning of a warning - a message informing of danger

My Dog and I are Very Connected

Although I wasn't there at the time Joey was adopted, he and I became best of friends and were connected at the hip. I had moved into my twin sister's home when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Too sick to work, he and I spent every waking moment together. He made the difficult days of chemo and radiation tolerable with his kisses and loyal companionship. He often laid in bed with me especially when the chemo had proved to be too much and I didn't want to be alone. My furry friend even accompanied me to radiation once a week. All the patients fell in love with him and looked forward to his smiling face in the car. A kiss from Joey gave them a needed boost before and after their treatment.




My Best Friend 'Joey'

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My Dog could Sense Something was Wrong with Me

Chemotherapy was getting really rough for me as the drugs they put in your veins have a cumulative effect. Simply put, this means that with every treatment, you become sicker and sicker. Unfortunately, I was one of those people that became incredibly nauseous from it. I couldn't hold down most foods for the life of me, except for crackers and ice cream. I was on a medication for the nausea which didn't help and gave me constipation.

I was having a tough week of feeling sick and lethargic from chemotherapy. This particular morning, from the moment I woke up I noticed my dog 'Joey' was following me everywhere and very close behind. He seemed upset and acted like something was wrong. Being a protective dog mom, I worried something was wrong with him, not me. He even tried to get in the shower with me that morning and he's usually scared to death of it. Till this day, we have to bring him to a dog groomer to get him bathed. My older brother was over at the house, helping my sister pull out patio furniture for the summer season. Soon, the mystery of my dog's strange behavior would make sense.

I was sitting on the throne and realized I was very constipated. I was in excruciating pain and felt light-headed. I got up slowly and walked out to the deck to get my sister. I said, "Laura, something is wrong, will you follow me back to the bathroom?" She immediately noticed I was white as a ghost. The last thing I remember was Laura and Joey looking at me when I was in the bathroom. My next memory was hearing my sister screaming, "Linda, please wake up!" My darling sister was attempting to throw me over her shoulder. As I came to, I said, "don't even think about it sis, I'll just hold onto you and you can walk me to my room." I asked her what happened and she explained that I'd passed out on the toilet. She said I quit breathing and she caught me as I passed out and slumped over. She was screaming for me to wake up. I was now laying in Laura's arms on my bed until the paramedics came. Three EMT's walked in my room and started assessing the situation. As I started explaining what had happened, my beautiful dog 'Joey' jumped on the bed and laid his head in the nape of my neck. The EMT's became very choked up as they witnessed 'Joey's' display of love and loyalty. My dog knew all along that something wasn't right with me. He whined as I was lifted into the ambulance and watched as it drove away.

Joey is now a thirteen year old senior. He and I continue to be best of friends. We have a special connection and love for each other that is difficult to put into words. Our beautiful, unconditional bond is a blessing in my life.



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Neurogenic Shock from Constipation

The medical term for what happened to me is called, "neurogenic shock" or "circulatory collapse." It's brought on when the body is in severe physical or emotional pain. In my case, it was brought on by severe constipation from nausea medication. I never knew what it was like to be constipated until this event. Let me tell you, constipation is not for sissies.

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marellen 5 years ago

I sure hope you are better now. How scary is that and what a dog. Pets are wonderful and they do have a sixth sense. I couldn't live without my cat either. Very touching hub.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I am seven years cancer-free now. I look back and can't believe how scary that journey was. It almost seems like a life-time ago. Joey sure made it easier. So glad you have a cat marellen. Pets are such a blessing:) Thank you for being the first to comment.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Both dogs and cats seem to respond to our problems with their own anxiety.

We have a 'sick' cat who climbs into the bed and cuddles up to anyone who is not feeling well! :-)

BTW, pain killing narcotics will also constipate.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Will-I know, animals are so amazing. I couldn't figure out what was going on with Joey. I have learned that Joey knows things that I don't. Joey has taught me that animals are unbelievably sensitive to sounds, sights and events that we aren't.


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nightbear 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

Your Joey is a fantastic friend. And so loyal. I am blessed enough to have experienced such love several times. I am so happy for you that you have him. I hope your outcome is a positive one with your cancer. God Bless.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much nightbear. Glad to hear you have had the love of pets. They get into places in your heart that you never knew existed. Thanks for words of encouragement on my cancer journey. I'm at seven years and hope it continues. God Bless:)


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

Up to ten years ago, when an incredible English professor took me aside and recommended that I write, I was a technocrat. My world, aside from my wife and son, was devoid of people, let alone friends.

And now, I couldn't imagine life without my new friends.

So you've shaken me a bit with your describing your battle with cancer. I know you and I have been friends for only a short while but I expect to be friends with you for a very long time.

We have two dogs and one cat, with one, our Papillon, the only young and active one who also completely dominates our household with his little French attitude and insatiable curiosity.

No matter what any of us does, he's there, and most often, he's peeking around a corner, with his huge furry ears sticking out comically, to do so.

We simply could not imagine life without our little Beau Beau...much like you, my dear friend Ms. Minne'... =)

Rest assured you and I have many years to come to learn from each other and grow to be ever stronger friends...


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

What a blessing that you have Joey to stay by your side and give you all that love. I am happy you have him. I do think he needs a really big bone today though! My dogs take care of me whenever I am not feeling so hot either. They are amazing and we are truly lucky to have their love!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

What a blessing to have such a faithful, fury, friend to have been with you through your sickness. A beautiful story indeed! I am so happy you have been cancer free for all these years. Your stories will hellp many throught their trying times. Thanks so much for sharing. Lovely!

Sunnie


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Yeah, Linda, animals can sense pending storms too. My cat can usually tell when I'm not feeling well. He'll get into bed with me and walk to my head and put his face next to mine. He knows when it's raining too. He likes to look out the window and watch the rain. He won't hide from a storm unless it gets too noisy.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I am very happy to hear you are cancer free.

Joey is a loyal treasure, and reminds me of my Sunny, our half Chow and half Basenji. She always senses when something is wrong. She knows exactly when to cuddle, or to place her muzzle in my lap with her eyes looking up into mine with such a gentle, caring look. These wonderful pets give so much to us, and they love unconditionally.

Thank you for this well-written and inspiring hub.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

MT,

i have heard od dogs being trained to find cancer and other diseases in humans- dogs are quite amazing and they lick your face after they lick their ahem nether reions-Ya take the good ya take the bad....We wanna get a dog but i am afraid of the revolt our cats will throw....

We'll see

TH


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

WOW! What more can I say about what you said here? WOW!

Up, useful awesome and beautiful all at once.

The Frog


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Animals have such amazing instincts. They can sense illness, upcoming natural disasters and even bad intentions. Joey sounds like a great friend.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

What an awful thing to have to go through. I pray that God will totally heal you and renew you with an abundance of strength.

I love animals and your "furry angel" Joey sounds so special. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

I do so love dogs!! They are the best friends one can have and when you are sick they don't mind laying with you, even if it's all day. My girl (who has long since passed) laid next to me for an entire day when my head felt like it was about to explode not letting anyone or anything bother me. I wanted to call an ambulance but couldn't get out of bed to do so. When her mate came near my bed to ask to be let outside, she almost came unglued on him. For her to be so violent toward him I thought their must really be something wrong with me. After 8 hours or so the headache finally subsided...

I'm so glad you have a pal to help you!! They are priceless!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

MT,

Beautiful story, and I'm so sorry for all the pain you've gone through. In 2008, I had multiple severe neurological and renal problems, surgeries, anesthesia reactions, you name it. I really know what it's like, and it's scary. Then when all of that was done, I needed nine months of excruciating physical therapy for a tendon problem. I must have been sick for a total of 20 months.

I hope you are getting better.

Stu


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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Dogs are always our friends. Hop you are getting better.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

What a beautiful story and one I can completely relate to. People wonder and laugh at us (when they are being kind) why we have so many animal friends. I have found them to be much more loyal, forgiving and better conversationalists then most humans ...lol They truly do have a sense of things we are ignorant of and will gladly even give their own lives to save ours if need be. I'm very glad to know you have this wonderful, wise friend!


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Hi MT - What a great story.

Gus :-)))


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Minnetonka, I do so hope that you are in total remission now. Dogs know, they can even (I've read) detect Cancer in humans...What a wonderful Pet and friend you have in Joey. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and heart felt time in your life. May there be Happy memories and times ahead.


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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

great hub! but i do believe that everybody have sixth sense, it only works when you are aware of it.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Inspirational story. Its amazing how pets can sense when something is wrong like that. How precious. Glad you all made it through this experience.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Animals are so sensitive to our moods and they know when somethings wrong with us. They are such a blessing. What a horrible experience to go through, Minnetonka. I'm so glad that Joey and your sister were around. Give Joey a big kiss for me!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OHHH, bbxix, your so sweet. I am so glad you reached out and made new friends like you have here on hubpages. I do plan to be friends with you for many years to come. Thanks for sharing your pet stories. They sure make life wonderful with their little personalities. God Bless you my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Schoolmarm-Pets are amazing the way they so freely give love. They are unconditional and loyal and so fun to cuddle with. I had a nightmare last night (probably because of this hub I wrote) that Joey drowned and I tried to save him. I tried everything to keep him alive but we eventually had to put him down. The whole last part of the dream was me holding Joey and thanking him for everything and all the love he showed me. When I woke up I had tears running down my face just as I did in the dream. Woe, so glad it was just a dream.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sunnie Day. Thanks for reading my Joey story. He is such a good boy and one of my best friends. He sure got me through some tough times.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tammy, your cat sounds so precious. How sweet that he puts his little face next to yours. Animals are such a gift. Great to see you:)Say hi to kitty for me.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love that photo of him on the sofa. God sure gave us an amazing gift when HE created animals. Thanks for this heartwarming story of how your friend helped you. He may have saved your life.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Genna, Sunny sounds so sweet. I love hearing all these pet stories. It is amazing to me how animals are so intuitive especially when it comes to us and how were feeling. I was very touched by your explanation of how Sunny looks right into your eyes and how tender it is. I so love animals.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Minnetonka Twin, our furry friends can be such a comfort to us in our time of need, i am so glad that you had Joey there to comfort you !

Awesome hub !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Tom-I have many friends that have gotten a dog after having a cat and they end up being good buddies. Let me know if you end up getting a dog. Their love is so great!

I too have heard of animals that can smell diseases and some that cuddle next to people that are ready to die. It's so amazing!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Frog Prince-Thanks for pushing all those buttons on my account, or should I say, Joey's. Hope your having a great weekend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Rob, you are so right. My dog knows how to spot icky people better than me. Animals do have great instincts. I am lucky to have Joey's friendship.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Becky-Ya, it was a really tough time in my life. I plan to stay cancer-free. Joey made it so much more tolerable with his love. Good to see you Becky:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Susie-How sweet that your girl was laying with you and being so protective. I think she was very worried and that's probably why she came unglued. Our pets are such good medicine.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow Stu, sounds like you know the struggles of being sick. I am so glad that is behind you now. It is really scary when your sick but the good part of it is you really appreciate healthy days. I have such a new appreciation for life.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Chamilj-Yes, I am doing so much better. I have been cancer-free for seven years and plan to continue to be. I do have some respiratory issues that flair up but that is Nothing to me after what I've been through. Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pooh-I know, pets are so unconditional and you are right that they would risk their own lives for ours. I just love my two dogs but Joey will always be Super special to me because of everything we've been through together. Thanks for coming by friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Gus, good to see you buddy. Hope your having a great weekend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

b.Malin-Thanks for coming by and reading my Joey story. I am so blessed to have that scary time behind me and seven years of being cancer-free. I continue to get so much love and friendship from Joey. He's the bomb!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

thehemu-Yes, I think we humans lose ours as we grow older unless we work on it. I do know children are very intuitive. My pets just amaze me with their keen instincts. Thanks for coming by:)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

The loyalty of a dog is unmatched by humans! What a dear story you have shared with us! I hope you're feeling much better these days!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Tamarajo. Ya, it was a hard time but my Joey was with me all the way.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks catgypsy. I am so blessed to have a twin sister who is my soul mate and a dog that was with me during the day when sis was out working.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Hyphenbird-I know that Joey being around really brought my spirits up in those difficult days. I am so glad we adopted him. He is such a loyal dog. Thanks for remarking on how cute Joey is on the sofa. We adopted him when he was three and he is now close to ten. He sure has greyed but I think he looks so handsome:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Kashmir-Pets are amazingly loving and I can't imagine not having him. He brings me so much joy.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you for reading my story Fossillady. Pets are so unconditional and loving. Good to see you. Hope you had a great weekend:)


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Minnetonka- thank you for sharing. Our animals always seem to know what's best for us and continually watch over us without fail or a price tag attached. A good butt scratch and my elliot is good to go. :)

happy to know your companion has your interests at heart.

thanks again.

peace- greg


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

My dear friend, Minnetonka Twin,

There is no better cure for the spirit than unconditional love. This alone can heal. My heart is lifted with happiness that you are now seven years free! :) And you and Joey have spent seven years together, and many more in the future.

Thank you for sharing your life with us all. You and HT are inspirations. {hugs}


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Linda, they sometimes know what is wrong with us before we know it ourselves. Some years ago, I was very depressed and just wanted to lie around and feel sorry for myself. I was lying on the sofa in the living room, with my eyes shut, just crying... Then something told me to open my eyes. My dog, Malcolm, was sitting in a begging position, just watching me with such compassion on his face,

Let me say now that never have I taught my dogs to beg. I don't like dogs doing tricks. But he had decided that doing that would cheer me up. He made up the begging act... because I needed it at the time. And for some reason, it cheered me up, and when he "got down" I said, "Do it again, Malcolm" and he did it!

From then on, all we had to say was, "Do it!" and he "Did it!"

Not a very exciting story, but it proves to me that no matter what, a dog will always be there for us.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Such a powerful story. I have heard of research studies that have been done on this subject. Dogs can smell tumors or cancer for instance. Animals help with healing. I've heard numerous stories in the medical community about this.

Good for you Minnetonka - you're someone to learn from.


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Awesome hub, thanks for sharing My Dog's Sixth Sense Warned Me.

best wishes, Mike


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kentuckyslone 5 years ago

Such a touching story! Thanks for sharing that, there is so much that we do not understand about animals and their perceptions and abilities.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin,

Thanks. It was a struggle, but the doctors and surgeons did a great job, and I was very lucky they were able to fix so many things without causing side effects or other harm. The hardest part was mental; sometimes I would go months before a diagnosis could even be made (since certain symptoms can relate to dozens of potential underlying causes). I practically lived in the hospital for almost a year (going back and forth for tests, X-rays, etc.). It was very depressing, but I'm glad it's over.

Best, Stu


Multiman 5 years ago

Great article, what w wonderful dog story as well.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Greg, sounds like Elliot is easily pleased. A good butt scratch and he's good to go. Dogs ask for so little but give so much in return. Glad you have a dog too. Their just little day brighteners.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

AAWW, thanks Beth. I am really touched by your nice comments about me sis and Joey. Ya, my Joey has been such a good friend to me. It made Laura and I feel better knowing he was home with me when I was really sick. Of course, I called Laura if something was wrong but Joey was a great companion in those tough days. Now we just have a lot of fun together without me being so sick. Always great to hear from you my friend, God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh my goodness Twilight Lawns-I have to grab a kleenex on that one. Your sweet little Malcolm knew mom was bummed and needed to get her out of her funk. That is one of the most beautiful stories and thanks for sharing it. Animals are so amazing to me. I am gonna smile every time I think of this story of how Malcolm made up this game for you. Wow!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your kind comments Realhouswife. I think some of the most powerful and educational stories are those that we have gone through. I have heard amazing stories too about how dogs can smell cancer or know when a sick person is going to die in a nursing home or hospice because they lay next to them. We can learn so much from God's beautiful animals.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for stopping Mike and you are so welcome. Dogs and other pets can be so intuitive and their instincts can really help us out. I especially like their unconditional love:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for reading my doggy story kentuckyslone, I appreciate it. Yes, animals have a lot more going on in their heads than some of us realize.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Stu, I am sure that difficult experience taught you soo much as Mine did me. I am so glad our tough days are behind us. I pray I will continue to be cancer-free and that you stay good and healthy too. Here's to Great health my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much multiman. I appreciate you coming by my hub.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin,

Thanks, and I hope you remain well too.

As far as being "taught," I think I'd rather remain uneducated. :)

Stu


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gitrdun4444 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful & Awesome story! You and Joey are an inspiration to everyone who reads. Thank you so much for sharing,and please stay well. Prayers are with you!

Debbie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Linda, I have a picture of Malcolm doing a "Do it" and somehow I will send it to you so you can see him. I don't know how, right now, but I will think of a way.


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ii3rittles 5 years ago

What a beautiful story. Not the constipation! But the love your dog has for you! I suffer from constipation and it is so bad at times I lay in bed crying as the hard rocks crushes my intestines. I know what you were going thru! I couldn't not live without a companion from the animal world. I have a cat Twiggy who I adore to pieces! And my mom has a german shepherd I grew up with that I love so deeply. He was always there for me when I was a teenager crying, home alone. He would rest his head on my shoulders and simply not budge until I stopped crying. I am going to miss him dearly when its his time. He just turned 10.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your very kind words Debbie. With Joey around, I can't go wrong. He keeps me very happy and positive.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OHH, ii3rittles, your dog sounds so precious. These animal stories just get me. I love that he wouldn't budge until you stopped crying. I mean, whoever says dogs aren't smart are so wrong. They are so sweet and so compassionate and don't want to see us sad. Joey is around 10 too. Hopefully we have them many more years.


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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Great hub.Another affirmation of how animals especially dogs are man's best friends. These creatures are really loyal and will not let you down. Hope that you are better now. My prayers are with you. God bless you.


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SUSIE405 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

It is amazing how much our pets know and can sense. That's why we love them so much.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Theseus. Your kind words make me smile:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Susie-I know, we love them because they listen to us unlike many humans in our lives. They don't only listen but are tuned in with every sense. Life would be sad without animals.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

l´m so glad to hear you are 7 years cancer free.

What a wonderful story about your loyal dog.

Thanks for sharing and may you continue to be well.


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

We should all be grateful that our dogs are on this planet with us, and I am so grateful to hear that you have been cancer free for seven years, stay that way for the rest of your life please. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story about your dog. God Bless You.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Dim Flaxenwick for your nice comments and for your well wishes for my cancer journey. I am so glad you took time to read my story about my awesome dog.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Steph for your sweet and kind words. I agree with you that we humans are so blessed to have animals here with us. They are so unconditional and can teach us all so much. Thanks for reading about my Joey:)


ColmbnQn 5 years ago

i honestly have to say this is the best hub i've read since i've been on this site (which has only been a couple weeks). i've had dogs my whole life and can relate to the best friend feeling. also, my little cousin is in remission (for the 2nd time) from leukemia but wasn't allowed to have his dog with him in the hospital. i'm sure it would have made his recovery a lot easier. i was teary reading most of your hub and i'm so glad that joey was there for you & hopefully you are doing so much better. hugs & much love ;)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear ColmbnQn. You just made my day with your wonderful words. I am honored that you liked my hub. I like to write about things I have seen or experienced as I feel it makes for better reading not to mention, it's very healing for me. I will keep your cousin in my thoughts. I sure wish dogs were allowed in hospitals with us. God Bless you:)


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

A very touching Hub. Man's best friend comes to the rescue once again.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so juch doodlebugs. Yes, dogs are so full of love for us humans. Joey is one of my best friends:) Thanks for reading about my amazing dog.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Wonderful article! Voted up and awesome!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad you liked it RunAbstract and thanks for pushing buttons:)


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

I enjoyed the story. Cats and dogs are very sensitive and know things humans don't think we know. Say hi to Joey for me.

Magick.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I sure will say hi to Joey for you magick. Yes, cats and dogs are amazingly intuitive. Thanks for reading my story. Joey is my best friend:)


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

My cat Lilly is almost at 17 now, I have never heard of a cat that old and I just keep being amazed. She has always been a little mean to swat you if you rub her the wrong way but now almost every evening she comes and jumps on my bed for petting and a nap. It is hard knowing she can't last too much longer but then I thought that when she was ten, lol. Animals are loves, glad you had that comfort.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I am so glad you still have Lilly. It's sweet that she jumps on your bed and wants some lovin from mom. Animals are great for the soul and I'm glad you have one. Thanks for reading my story. Peace:)


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

An awesome honest Hub-so refreshing. I have had alot of medical issues and I feel for you in this situation.Animals can act as angels at times.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks GarnetBird. I thank God for my Joey. He is so loving and loyal. I really appreciate you reading my story. Sorry you have medical issues too. Hope you are doing well:)


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

Awesome hub, MT, so touching, I know you better now and glad you have a loyal dog.

AB


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Aris. My dog Joey is a great friend:)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

amazing Linda just amazing but yes animals are known to sene the aura around a person and what is happening to it.

i am very very glad you wer ok friend.God bless your friend


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks neeleshkulkarni-Joey was so amazing during that awful time. Watching over me and making sure I was ok. Animals are very sensitive and know things that we don't.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, what a wonderful dog, I am sure he gave you a great deal of comfort, I remember reading somewhere that dogs are great for epilepsy too, they seem to know when someone is going to be ill and pass out, I hope you are well now? cheers nell


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Nell and thanks for reading about my super dog. Dogs and other animals seem to be really good at reading people and their issues.


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casshd 5 years ago from Hemel Hempstead, UK

What a heart wrenching hub. I'd heard that dogs can detect illness and cancer in humans and this is testament to that. Glad you are ok. Thank goodness for our wonderful four legged companions.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for reading my story about my awesome dog. Yes, I have also heard that dogs have incredible sensitivities. Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it :-)


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Your little dog looks a lot like my little old guy, Skip. He too, was incredibly smart and intuitive. Voted up and helpful. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks alot for reading my story suzanne. My Joey is ten now. How old is your Skip? Joey was turning white when we adopted him at three. I hope he and Skip live many more years :-)


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Oh, Skip went over the Rainbow Bridge a long time ago. He was 22!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh my, so sorry :-( He sure lived a long life though. I hope I have my buddy for a long time if he's healthy.


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi twin Thank you for the fan mail. Your profile intrigued me. As I read this touching story, it reminded me of our dogs over the years, all Golden Retrievers. Your dog helped you in your time of need, and that is so amazing. I hope you feel better now and that your cancer is in remission. I love hearing twin stories, and your twin story touched my heart. We are soulmates with our college majors in the same field. I can't wait to read more hubs. Take care.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi brake12-Yes, we have our interesting majors in common which will be fun here on hubpages. Yes, my dogs are so important to me and they make life so wonderful with their unconditional friendship. I am happy to tell you that I'm 7 years cancer-free. Life is such a gift :-)


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Read this hub from start to end I just can't get over the beautiful words you have in this sentence: "Joey knew all along that something wasn't right with me. He whined as I was lifted into the ambulance." Wow, you're so blessed to have Joey. I don't know the pain you're going through, perhaps I would in the future. Just the same, I am happy to know that you can find strength and support from your furry angel.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, you are so sweet Kerlynb. I am seven years cancer free and life couldn't be better. I am so blessed that I had my dog to be with me during those hard days when everyone was out working and going to school and I was going through chemo and radiation. He is and always be my best friend. We've been through so much together.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi MT, I am so pleased to hear you are now cancer-free.

Fortunately I bought my tissues with me, thank goodness you have Joey, what a wonderful, loyal companion he is.

Voting up, best wishes MM


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Movie Master-I know you understand this beautiful relationship with a dog. I am so glad to see you came to read my hub about Joey. He and I are best buddies and now I can play with him and go on long walks now that I'm healthy again. Glad you had some tissues. :-)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Just love reading this article. You are very fortunate! Great style with your writing. A moving piece to read and enjoy. We just adopted a puppy. She is a treasure and brings us joy! voted up and shared. This is a classic! take care.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Jo-thanks for reading my story about Joey I am so excited to hear you adopted a puppy. Rescue dogs are the best and both parties win in the adoption. What kind of dog did you get??


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

She is part pit and part jack russell. A small dog for now, I hear she will be growing in size! I am going to post her later. Her name is Prancer.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I can't wait to see some pictures of Prancer. What a great mix she is. Awesome name by the way!


stessily 4 years ago

MT, Furry angels are amazing in their sensitivity and in their protective abilities. In the photo, Joey appears to have laid down in peace to sleep, confident that all is safe (Psalm 4).

When my mum had double cataract surgery, we stayed with one of my friends during her recuperation. She had strict orders, which began with not moving about unaided. After setting her up in her room, my friend and I noticed that his sheltie, Nick, trotted over to her and stationed himself alongside her bed in such a way that she could not possibly move from the bed without Nick's knowledge. With each stage of her recovery, Nick positioned himself at appropriate positions within her room, so that at the end of a month, with my mum's wonderful recovery, Nick stationed himself across the threshold in the doorway of her room. Nick's sixth sense was amazing and instilled confidence in me and my friend that my mum had caring eyes on her even while we slept.

I am saddened to learn of your bout with cancer, but I am pleased to read that the bout is behind you and your health is blooming!

Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute, not only to Joey, but to those near and dear to you who clearly love and appreciate you!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I just love that story about Nick and moving to the appropriate places so mom didn't try to leave the area. It's amazing how smart and sensitive dogs are. Thanks so much for reading my story about my buddy Joey. I use to bring him with me to radiation treatment once a week. I would leave him in the car and all my friends going through radiation couldn't wait to see him smiling and wagging his tail as they were on their way in and out of the hospital. It really lifted not only mine but everyone's spirits.


stessily 4 years ago

MT, When my mum was in and out of hospital during the last year of her life, she and I loved the furry angels who were allowed to accompany their family for appointments or visits. Dogs are so loving that they bring joy not just to their immediate family but to everyone around them. Canines who are credentialed as hospital visitors really touch me with their devotion to their job description, which they so generously exceed each and every time; they clearly know why they are there --- lighting up the lives of people whom they don't know --- and they also are clearly committed to their responsibilities.

Joey is such a treasure; I'm pleased that he brought such joy, not only to you, but to all who were blessed to cross his path.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Stessily. I knew when I started bringing him to radiation that he was going to be a hit. I knew how happy he made me, so why not lift other's spirits too. He wasn't trained as a hospital doggie but pets just make you happy naturally. Thanks for the kind words about my special dog.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Linda,

So sorry that you had to endure those horrible treatments but so nice to hear that you are now cancer free. May it long continue! You are right...your dear Joey does look a lot like our Trudy did. Aren't animals wonderful! It seems that they can sense our feelings and how we are doing so much better than people can in most instances. They are truly one of God's blessings to us! Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this hub. SHARING it with my followers. May God's blessings be with you always.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

What a horrible time you went through but what a wonderful dog you have! A blessing from God for sure. My dog, Blondie, used to lick my mom's ankles when she saw her. She knew that mom's circulation was bad and they hurt. Blondie never did that with anyone else.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Peggy-Thanks so much for reading my hub and sharing it with your followers-that means a lot to me. You motivated me to add a photo of Joey and his little sister Spooky. Animals are the closest thing to perfection that I can think of. They are always there, so loyal and unconditional. Joey was a big part of my recovery. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my tribute to Joey.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow Sinea-Isn't it amazing how animals just know these things. Did the licking of her ankles make them feel any better? I am so glad I have dogs-They are two of my best friends in this world. Thanks so much for taking the time out to read my tribute to my Joey.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm so glad that you have Joey as a companion, Linda. The things that dogs can sense are truly amazing, and they are such wonderful and loving friends. I hope that you continue to stay well and enjoy life.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks so much Alicia. Joey is one of the best friends I've ever had. I really appreciate the well wishes too. I plan to stay cancer-free. I feel great these days :-)


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Silver Poet 4 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

Dogs are such a great gift from our Creator. Nothing on earth surpasses their loyalty and unconditional affection.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are so right Silver Poet. My Joey always has my back. He is one of my best friends. Thanks for coming by :-)


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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

This is a wonderful and inspirational story and you are very generous to share it with us! Your friend Joey reminds me that an animal's instinct is to protect and care for their loved ones in their time of need. We can learn a lot from our four legged friends! :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Roxanne for your nice comment. Animals to me are such a gift because they are loyal beyond comprehension. Man can learn so much from animals. I can say that Joey is one of my very best friends in this world. I am glad you read my story :-)


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

Pets are awesome that way! My pup, Shepherd knows when I am sad. he always comes close to comfort me. I am so glad i did not have to go through chemo or radiation after surgery for the stageIV colon cancer that took out almost my entire colon..

Awesome story and awesome writing

And awesome companions our pets


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for sharing your story too. Animals are magnificent creatures that are so loyal, loving and unconditional. I learn more Godly traits from my dogs than anyone else in this world. I'm glad you have Sheperd like I have my Joey and Spooky.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Wonderful hub I recognize the day as being the one from an article I read earlier about the pit bull attack. I am happy to share this via: hubbers alert on facebook, twitter, stumble upon, twitter and with my hub followers.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is such a wonderful story Linda--thank you for sharing it with us and I am glad you are better!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for reading my story Angela and for sharing it on your many sites. I appreciate that so much!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Audrey for reading this story. My dog Joey is one of my best friends and he got me through some tough times. Hub Hugs :-)

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