Seattle woman's dog detects her breast cancer

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by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 4, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

SEATTLE, Wash - A Ballard woman who detected breast cancer in her dog, has had the favor returned.

Faye Cluckey has an amazing story to tell about her American Eskimo, Tinker Bell.  Last year, Tinker Bell incessantly scratched at Faye's right breast over a period of three months. Faye's daughter, Millie, urged Faye to go to the doctor. Faye's breast cancer was caught early and treated successfully. 

But, there's more to the story. Three years before, Faye found a lump on Tinker Bell's breast. She took the dog to the doctor and two surgeries later, Tinker Bell was cured of breast cancer.

A woman and a dog, so in tune with each other, they found each other's cancer and saved each others lives. "Pay attention to your dog," said Cluckey, "Don't ignore it. If they're obsessed with something, get it checked."

The Race For The Cure is Sunday at the Seattle Center. You can sign up Saturday at  the Center Exhibition Hall or Sunday  before the race between 7:00 am and 9:15 am at the Fisher Pavillion.  

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