The Hero Pet of the Year Is…

Meet the winner of the Reader’s Digest 2009 Hero Pet of the Year contest. ChiChi, the chihuahua mix, alerted his owners to two women struggling to stay above water in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Thanks to the tips, the owners were able to save the women’s lives.

And the Reader’s Digest Hero Pet of the Year Is…

ChiChi the Chihuahua Mix!

We asked you to choose our Hero Pet of the Year. Thousands voted and crowned ChiChi, the chihuahua mix, the winner! ChiChi’s owners, Mary and Rick Lane, were relaxing on the beach one afternoon while on vacation in North Carolina’s Outer Banks when their dog became extremely agitated. Without hearing a single scream, ChiChi knew something was wrong. He began running around and straining at his leash to get his owners’ attention. The Lanes sat up to see two elderly women in the ocean, frantically trying to keep their heads above the water. The Lanes acted quickly, rescuing both women, and ChiChi’s life-saving tip earned him the title of Reader’s Digest Hero Pet of the Year!

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