No one wanted to hire a veteran with his service dog, then this store took a chance

Many veterans that have served our country suffer from ailments that require a service dog to live a normal and happy life. A service dog is a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability.

Service dogs can pick up things, guide a person with vision problems, or help someone who falls or loses balance easily. For example, a service dog can help a blind person walk down the street or get dangerous things out of the way when someone is having a seizure.

Because the handler depends on the service dog’s help, service dogs are allowed to go to most public places the handler goes. This is the case even if it is somewhere pet dogs usually cannot go, like restaurants or on airplanes…But having a service dog at your place of work? One veteran learned that it was much more difficult than he had hoped for, until an amazing store stepped in!

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Judy Dechert Rose, a customer at Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas, posted the image above online this week with a caption: “This is a retired vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!”

The image of retired Air Force vet Clay Luthy and his dog Charlotte has gone viral! When Luthy interviewed for the position a few months ago, his faithful companion was by his side then, too: “We didn’t realize he was having a difficult time finding a job,” said HR manager Jay Fellers. “He applied here and went through a normal interview process, and brought Charlotte in as part of the interview. He told us about Charlotte, and how she supports him. He ended up being our top candidate.”

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Many stores that Clay interviewed with thought having the service dog would be problematic, but it turned out to be the complete opposite: “If someone is a good worker, it shouldn’t matter if they have a service dog. But in our case, it’s been an absolute benefit to have Charlotte around,” said Fellers. “She’s a great hit with the folks who come around our store, especially the kids. Our customers really love and appreciate her. It’s been a good time having them as part of our staff.”

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