Hospice Nurse Says Pooch’s Lick Saved Her Life


Mary Phillips, a St. Louis hospice nurse, was lying on the floor of her office last October with a bad headache, hoping it would go away. Though co-workers urged her to go to the hospital, it wasn’t until a 7-year-old maltipoo named Jacque-Pierre — a co-worker’s in-office companion — arrived and began insistently licking her temple that she agreed to get checked.
“When Jacque started licking my head, the old hospice nurse in me said, ‘Uh-oh,’ ” Phillips, a 56-year-old patient care supervisor at BJC Hospice, tells PEOPLE Pets. Her inkling about the pooch’s animal instinct was right: She was subsequently diagnosed with a walnut-sized brain aneurysm.