"I originally got the stuffed animal when I was in college when I really wanted a puppy," Lerch said.
She wasn't financially stable enough to own one, so had to settle for a stuffed toy. "A few years later, when I was able to finally get my own dog, I passed the stuffed animal down to her and she has kept it by her side at all times ever since," she said.
"Luca really is a sweetheart," Lerch said. "The most cuddly, loving dog you'll ever meet. She is full of personality, and everyone who meets her loves her."