After a lengthy search, Owen Lima and his service dog, Blue, finally have a job they can do together.
Lima has lived with a brain injury for the past 40 years, reports CTV, and the pup reportedly helps calm him and prevent anxiety attacks. Lima’s 10-year difficulty finding solid employment ended at a Lowe’s store in Canada where Paolo Gallo is manager.
“I’m just so thankful that they’ve accepted Blue as part of me,” Lima, who started his new gig on Monday, told CTV.
Early on, Gallo didn’t see an issue with the dog and Lima being a package deal.
“We asked what the dog was for, obviously, and then he took us through the story and we went on with our interview process like anybody else,” he said. “The effect on Owen has been priceless. The engagement he has with our customers (and) staff, it’s given him a new take on life, per se. All the great things that he is, he now can showcase.”
The company is proud of their newest hires, who are now wearing matching Lowe’s vests as they greet customers at the door in north Regina.
“A recent hire is a gentleman that was having difficulty finding employment because of a brain injury and a support dog,” reads a post on the Lowe’s Canada Facebook page. “So we did what Lowe’s does best: we hired him and outfitted Blue, our customer service canine, with his very own vest!”
Lima couldn’t be happier about his new gig. “I’m just so happy to work here (and) so happy to be treated like a normal person,” Lima told CTV. “Lowe’s has given me an opportunity to be here, to be my own person and not to be anybody else.”