These days Logan has his pick of the best sleeping spots in the house, a far cry from where he was sleeping when found roaming the streets of Aldergrove a few years back.
Only two year ago, Logan's entire world consisted of sharing a backyard with three other dogs.
The large, two-year-old black Labrador-bull mastiff cross spent his days and nights tied up with his yard mates, but occasionally he would get loose and make a break for freedom.
The second time he wound up at the Langley Animal Protection Society's Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove, his owner decided he didn't want him anymore. After all, Logan didn't bark enough and was no good as a guard dog.
LAPS staff soon discovered that although Logan was handsome and charming, he had absolutely no manners.
He'd never been taught how to behave around people and it showed.
He jumped on everyone, mouthed anything he could get hold of, and stole treats and toys off counters and tables.
His trainer, Amy Hazlett, got to work, dedicating countless hours to teaching Logan the finer points of doggy etiquette and helping him become a good canine citizen.
In no time at all he became a staff and volunteer favourite, said Hazlett, who called him one of her best success stories.
Despite his friendly, outgoing personality, Logan was passed over for adoption again and again, she elaborated.
Black dogs are notoriously hard to find homes for - and Logan - weighing in at close to 100 pounds - was no exception.
Plus he needed a special home that would continue to provide training and structure, Hazlett said.
Finally, after he'd been waiting for almost seven months, the McClurg family came along.
The McClurgs were originally divided about whether it was the right time to get a new dog, since they had just lost their previous dog a few months earlier. Korri and Liam were on the lookout, while David and Kaitlin were more reserved.
Fortunately for Logan, his big mug jumped out at Korri and Liam from the LAPS website. And since everyone agreed that Logan was undeniably cute, the family decided to stop by LAPS and meet him in the flesh.
David and Korri came by without their children for the first meeting.
Logan immediately put his best foot forward, snuggling up to them and then flopping down to play.
All four McClurgs came by the next time and Logan cleared his final hurdle - convincing Kaitlin the time was right for a new dog.
He just rested his head on her lap and she was sold.
Thanks to all of the trainer's hard work, Logan's transition to his new house was easy after he joined the family May 2011.
After he realized that he was home for good, Logan quickly settled into his new life.
Now he starts every day with a long walk and a visit with his friends at the Starbucks in his Walnut Grove neighbourhood.
He'll chase any ball, anytime, anywhere, and can't get enough time in the water. His days are busy and full - snuggling with Kaitlin, learning new tricks with Liam, playing fetch with David, and walking with Korri.
All the McClurgs agree: Logan is a wonderful addition who came into their lives at the perfect time.
PLEADING FOR AUCTION ITEMS
A community education and training facility, that is imperative to working with dogs like Logan, will move a giant step closer to reality soon.
The fifth annual LAPS gala, called Furry Tail Endings, is coming up Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley.
And moving into the home stretch in organizing this fundraiser, shelter manager Sean Baker put out a plea for help.
He needs donations for the silent and live auctions, which typically generate about half or more of the $65,000 netted at the gala.
They have about 50 items so far, but need about 200, and the cost can vary.
To donate to the auction, people can call 604-857-5055.
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