Heidi finds things for a living. Lost pets, mostly. Sometimes drugs.
The 125-pound black shepherd-lab mix is a trained search and rescue animal.
So one day in February when she began burying her snout into her owner's chest and pawing at her anxiously, and insistently, it was clear she thought she found something important.
She did. It turned out to be cancerous tumors in Anne Wills' lungs.
"She was physically barricading me on the couch," said Wills, the 52-year-old owner of the Arbutus-based Dogs Finding Dogs tracking service. "She was drooling and scratching at my arms."
At first Wills thought the dog was sick, but when the vet...