A Scared Shannen Doherty Says Her Dog Knew She Had Cancer Before She Did

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Suspecting you may have an illness is absolutely terrifying. But for former Beverly Hills, 90210, star Shannen Doherty, the first one to realize Shannen had cancer was actually her dog. The actress, who has been bravely open and honest about her diagnosis, reveals that her beloved pooch, Bowie, not only detected something was amiss but has also valiantly stayed by her side ever since. 


The 45-year-old's breast cancer was confirmed in February, but she told Entertainment Tonight that Bowie knew much earlier:

She would obsessively sniff right here on my right side for a long time before. So, it made sense when I got diagnosed.

Wow, talk about truly serving as man's best friend. What an amazing and loyal companion -- not to mention a fashionable dresser!

#yep.....security #germanshepherd #msbowie

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Watch her bravely talk about her diagnosis in this emotional interview:


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Though she's been very strong and positive throughout this journey, Doherty admits the most frightening part is the "unknown" and being uncertain of what she could face next as she says that her cancer has spread beyond the lymph nodes.

With her mom and friends by her side, Shannen recently said good-bye to her famous raven locks and shared the photo on her Instagram account. Sadly, it's one many women will be able to relate to: 

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Doherty's former costar Jason Priestly called the actress "a fighter," which clearly she is. We wish her all the best for a full recovery, and we're glad to know Bowie will be by her side every step of the way.


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