Today, Lucas has no worries. He's healthy, and Soares now works as an office manager for a wine distributor in Newark, New Jersey. Lucas eats organic dog food and Michelle's home-cooked dog meals -- boiled eggs, chicken, peas and carrots. For snacks, he eats homemade frozen treats.
His biggest concern is playing ball. At 8 p.m. on the dot, he gets to play indoor ball. If there's any delay, he whines -- loudly.
"He's crazy. He's like our kid," Soares said. "That's how we treat him."
Kate Lewis from Virginia Beach, Virginia, found Lola, a collie-shepherd mix who suffers from seizures, at a shelter and wanted to give her the best life possible.
Lola has gone sheep-herding, which she loved; dock jumping, which she didn't; and bobbing for hot dogs at a fair for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She's been on beach trips and joined Lewis during "Take Your Dog to Work Day."
"She really is a family member. That's how we look at it, especially because she is a rescue," Lewis said. "We took responsibility for a life. You do everything you can to make that a happy experience."
Then there's Neva Edmunds of Lakewood, Colorado, whose doting is filled with gratitude. Edmunds survived three bouts of cancer, and during the most recent, her rescue cat, Lucy, was "better comfort than any pain medication."
Now lucky Lucy goes on walks with a leash, something she took to immediately -- no training required. Edmunds keeps treats in the kitchen, the bathroom, her office and even her bedroom.
"I live alone and work alone. Lucy is a great companion. If work is hard, I can always look over and see her calm breathing as she sleeps and all is well," Edmunds said. "Compared to what she does for me, I could hardly repay that debt with any amount of pampering."