DURHAM, N.C. — Photos of a dog in Durham showing how it has kept the same toy for its entire life have gone viral on Imgur.
This is Luca, an Alaskan Malamute, when she was 8 weeks old:
This was Luca a few days ago:
Luca is now one and a half years old. She’s owned by Durham resident Karissa Lerch.
BuzzFeed contacted Lerch after the photos went viral.
“I originally got the stuffed animal when I was in college when I really wanted a puppy,” Lerch told BuzzFeed. “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.”
Lerch told BuzzFeed Luca is “a sweetheart” and “the most cuddly, loving dog you’ll ever meet.”
The photos were posted to Imgur two days ago and have since been viewed more than 1.2 million times as of Tuesday evening.