It was a quiet night, and Dorrie Nuttall was fast asleep. Her seven-year-old son was sleeping next to her hooked up to a machine, which was supposed to alert her if his glucose levels were too low. The alert never came. Not from the machine, anyway. Jedi, Luke’s adorable diabetes-sniffing dog, started jumping on and off the bed. Nuttall didn’t wake up, so Jedi took it up a notch.
Detecting sickness by the way you smell is on the cutting edge of medical technology. We all have a unique smell called an odorprint. And it depends on our age, sex, health, and the food we eat.
When Oscar the cat visits with a patient, everyone knows that death is near. Oscar was adopted as a kitten by the Steere House Nursing Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He has the mysterious ability to predict death among the patients.
One evening, Linda Munkley’s dog Beau jumped on the sofa and began sniffing her chest. At first, Linda wasn’t bothered by her dog’s strange behavior, but he wouldn’t leave her alone.