There are plenty of very good reasons why dogs are known as man’s best friend. In many instances these loyal animals have helped their owners evade danger, provide therapy, and even help them get through everyday situations.
For Michael DiZoglio, a dog saved his life.
The 28-year-old Denver resident is no stranger to receiving a warm welcome from his father’s husky, Mickey, whenever he walked through the door. Mickey is a big boy, so naturally, DiZoglio felt a little sting every time the friendly dog jumped on him. So when he didn’t feel anything after Mickey climbed on him one day, he immediately knew something was wrong.
"One time he jumped on me from the right and I didn’t feel any pain … and I thought it should have hurt,” DiZoglio told CBS Denver. "I didn’t feel anything."
The lack of feeling on that side of his body was alarming enough for DiZoglio to schedule an appointment with his doctor.
He completed a few rounds of many different tests, and on his 28th birthday, he received the dreaded phone call. The doctor informed him that he had testicular cancer.
"I didn’t cry, laugh, I didn’t overreact,” he said. “I felt dumbfounded. I never anticipated that kind of news."
Intead, DiZoglio maintained a positive outlook, even telling his mother that "it's all about perspective."
But that’s not where his and Mickey’s story ends…