Last week, King saved her life when he alerted her to a fire that had broken out in the residential portion of her formal wear business while she was sleeping.
Fire officials also credit King as a hero for waking Mariluch, 71, who takes sleeping pills and may not have woken up in time had it not been for King.
“He was scratching on my face, which he never does and then nudging my head up…trying to get me up,” she told Phoenix television station Fox 10.
“When he finally got me up, he jumped off the bed and went to the door: Let’s get out of here!”
The fire was started by an unattended candle. Falling asleep is a factor in 11% percent of home candle fires and 43% of the associated deaths. Please review NFPA's safety information on candles.