Thanks to support from the community a Louisa County canine has won the National Pets of Valor award.
The pit bull - bulldog mix, "Chilly", saved her owner, Heidi Parker, from anaphylactic shock just months after she was rescued from the Fluvanna County SPCA. Parker says she wouldn't be alive If she hadn't rescued Chilly.
Just three months after she brought Chilly home, Parker went to the doctor and then came home to take a nap. Chilly gave her a life-saving wake up 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 she realized her throat was swollen and she couldn't talk. 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 beat out four other cats and dogs from across the country for the top honor in the National Humane Society's Pets of Valor competition. Chilly will get a statue for her valor, and the Fluvanna SPCA will get a large supply of dog food for rescuing this hero.
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