Life With Lucky

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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.”

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