'Tails' of Courage & Survival: Real-Life Pet HeroesRescue pets ... to the rescue! Meet five brave furry friends who have paid it forward


After a trip to the doctor's office for an allergy shot, Heidi Parker of Palmyra, Va., was awakened from a nap by her 3-year-old English bulldog mix. Chilly had licked her face and whined until Parker opened her eyes and realized her throat was swollen to the point where she could hardly breathe, due to an anaphylactic reaction to the injection. "I'm not sure who rescued who here," said Parker, who called for help just in time, "but Chilly is definitely my guardian angel."