Life With Lucky
Drew Logan’s therapy dog, Lucky, came to live with him almost 11 years ago as an 8-week-old puppy.
A Plott hound, a popular breed for hunting, he has an exceptional sense of smell, which means he knows when Logan’s cortisol levels—which indicate stress and can be detected in saliva—are getting too high.
“When he smells it, he’ll lick the palm of my hand or jump into my lap and look into my eyes as if to ask, ‘Are you OK?’” Logan says. Once in a crowded airport, Lucky started barking and forcefully pulled Logan to a bench to sit down.
“Lucky’s function is not to save my life—I have the defibrillator for that,” Logan says. “His purpose is to get me out of harm’s way if he feels like I’m in a stressful situation. He’s a very smart dog.”