A Louisa County dog is up for a national award of valor.
Chilly saved her human's life just three months after she was adopted from a shelter. Chilly is competing with four other rescued animals from across the country for the Humane Society's Pets of Valor award. It's an honor her owner, Heidi Parker, says would be well deserved.
"We rescued each other," Parker said.
If she hadn't rescued Chilly, Parker says she wouldn't be alive. Just three months after she brought her pit bull-bulldog mix home from the Fluvanna County SPCA, Parker went to the doctor and then came home to take a nap. Chilly gave her a life-saving wakeup call.
"It's not like her to bother you when you're asleep and I was sleeping on the couch from all the medication I was given and she just started licking me in the face and jumping on my chest, making sure she woke me up," Parker said.
That's when parker realized her throat was swollen and she couldn't talk.
"She woke me up just in time to get the rescue squad," Parker said.
Parker says she had gone into anaphylactic shock.
"If Chilly hadn't been there that day, if she hadn't been rescued by the shelter and been put on the website and I hadn't given her a chance being a pit bull, she couldn't have rescued me. I wouldn't be alive today," Parker said.
Chilly is one of the top five nominees for the award, for saving Parker's life. If she wins, it will be a victory for her family, the Fluvanna SPCA and bully breeds everywhere.
"Chilly can be the ambassador for bully breeds because she is showing that they're not vicious, they're not evil, that when trained and raised properly just as any dog they're very sweet," said Jennie Shuklis, executive director of the Fluvanna County SPCA.
And whether she wins or not, she will always be a hero to her family.
"It was meant to be," Parker said.
You can vote online for the award once per day for the next week.