CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The primary time 11-year-old Levi McAllister had a tooth pulled, he screamed, kicked, and struggled a lot that his mother needed to maintain him down.
So when Levi returned to Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry in January to get two extra enamel pulled, dental hygienist Barb Kucera had a shock for him: a pleasant yellow Labrador retriever named Atkins.
“Would you want Atkins to lie in your lap?” she requested.
Levi nodded, and Kucera helped Atkins hop into the dental chair and relaxation her head on a pillow on Levi’s chest. As Levi stroked the gentle fur on Atkins’