TV traveller alerted to cancer by pet dog

Wednesday, 9th November 2011

TV traveller Charley Boorman has been spoiling his pet with dog toys and treats after he alerted the celebrity to his testicular cancer.

Boorman told the Daily Record how one of his testicles had changed, but that he thought nothing of it and did not go to the doctor to get it checked.

However, just a few weeks later, his pet dog, Ziggi, was taken to the vet for a check up. The vet said that one of Ziggi’s testicles was harder than the other - a sign of testicular cancer.

Olivia, Boorman's wife, then made her husband go to the doctor. Within weeks, he had had the cancerous testicle removed.

He told the news provider: "If it wasn't for Ziggi, things could have been very different. I've got the all-clear and Ziggi has, too. He's Britain's most spoiled dog!"

Boorman is best known for his motorcycle trips Long Way Down and Long Way Round with friend Ewan McGregor.