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Photo Credit: @dobermans_indie_and_dave/ Instagram

Never mind sniffing out trouble, this woman’s Doberman led her straight to a life-saving encounter; a one-in-many-millions matching kidney donor!


Great Britain (28 April, 2023) — We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: some heroes wear collars. After one woman’s Doberman was drawn to a mysterious stranger crocheting on the beach, a life-saving encounter unravelled that would unite a matching donor with a person in dire need of a kidney!

Lucy Humphrey had been told she didn’t have much time left; five good years were on the cards for her, in fact. She’d been living with lupus for years, and after enough time, went into kidney failure.

Still, Lucy and her partner Cenydd Owen went on small adventures when her health allowed. Their Dobermans were almost always a part of the journey, well documented on Lucy’s Instagram which is dedicated to her pet children.

One adventure saw the family (alongside the late Doberman, Jake) head to Cold Knap Beach unexpectedly. The small trip would turn out to hold the biggest moment, one that would both change and save Lucy’s life!

On the Barry Island beach, Lucy’s Doberman Indie was drawn to a stranger. Initially, Indie was thought to be on a quest for a snack, however, the couple would come to find that Indie’s sixth sense might have been the real pulling force that day.

“We thought she had food or something and Cenydd kept calling her back. In the end we went over to apologise to her.”—Lucy Humphrey, per BBC.

Here, they met Katie James, who over the course of conversation revealed that she had just signed up for kidney donation. Lucy, who was on dialysis and awaiting a donor match for her kidney couldn’t have felt luckier at the time.

Later on, they found that Katie was a one-in-22 million donor match, all thanks to Indie the dog’s persistence.

That day in 2021 would see a friendship blossom over the years, and in 2022, Katie underwent the life-saving surgery.

Lucy’s operation was a success, and she and her partner couldn’t be more grateful for the chance blessing and years of future adventures.

“We want to show that there is always hope for people. Never give in, because you never know, we weren’t even going to go to the beach that day. There’s a lot of good people out there.” —Cenydd Owen.

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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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