Last September, Heidi Parker adopted a Bull Dog/Pit bull mix from the Fluvanna SPCA in Virginia and not long after, her new dog ended up saving her life.
Four months after Heidi had brought Chilly home, she went to the doctor for her routine allergy shots. It was a larger dose than usual, so Heidi lay down for a nap when she returned home.
But soon after she was awoken by Chilly jumping on her chest and licking her face. Heidi told ABC WRIC, "Chilly is normally a calm dog; she won't bother you when you're sleeping and she started jumping on my chest, licking my face just making sure she woke me up."
At first she thought Chilly wanted to go outside, but as soon as she sat up she realized she was in trouble. Her throat was swelling shut and she was going into anaphylactic shock. Thankfully, because of Chilly's actions, Heidi was able to call an ambulance in time to save her life. Heidi told NBC 29, "Chilly's my guardian. If it wasn't for Chilly I would have died." She added, "I'm a single mom, so it would have left my daughter parentless. Chilly is my angel."
Due to her heroic actions, Chilly has been nominated for the HSUS' Pet of Valor award. The Fluvanna County SPCA told the Humane Society of the United States about Chilly's heroic act, and the 3-year-old dog is now in the running for the Pet of Valor award. To vote for Chilly, click here. Voting runs until May 31st.
If Chilly wins, she will receive an award. The Fluvanna SPCA will also win one-year's worth of pet food for the animals in its care.
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