"I was never allowed to have a stuffed animal or a blankie as a kid because my mom didn't want me to leave it and then not be able to sleep without it," said Luck, an animal trainer. "So 26 years ago, a friend gave me this. It sort of resonated with me. It was the stuffed animal I was never able to have as a kid."
She has never lost the stuffed animal when traveling but said to do so would be "disastrous."
"Puppy is more of a priority than my cell phone or purse," she said, adding, "I know I probably sound like an overgrown child."
Today, Luck said her friends and family accept her bunkmate when they learn about Puppy's existence.
"I made sure my husband was okay with it before we got married," she said. "I had to sort of break the news: I sleep with a stuffed animal. This is what I do and I hope there won't be a problem."