Daisy's Gift

Daisy's Gift : The remarkable cancer-detecting dog who saved my life

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Dr 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.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753557444
  • 9780753557440

About Claire Guest

Dr Claire Guest obtained a degree in Psychology in 1986, followed by a MSc in Psychology by research. In 1992 she became a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, and subsequently became Chair for three years. From 1987 she worked full time at the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, leaving her final post of Director of Operations and Research in May 2007. She has been involved in the training of dogs for tasks involving scent for over twenty years. Since 2002 she has been professionally involved in training dogs in the detection of human disease through scent. In 2003, she was training director of the first programme in the world to train dogs to identify cancer by odour. The findings of this study were published in the British Medical Journal in September 2004. She has worked as a consultant for a number of programmes across the world including Samsung Assistance Dog Services and Hearing Dogs Japan. She has been an invited speaker on this topic for a number of agencies, scientific meetings, police conferences and training seminars around the world. She is currently Chief Executive and Director of Operations for the charity Medical Detection Dogs - also known as Cancer and Bio-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, Addison's disease and narcolepsy. 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.
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