Texas Lowe's Store Hires Unemployed Disabled Veteran — and His Service Dog
Clay Luthy and his dog Charlotte work at a hardware store in Abilene, Texas
Clay Luthy has a cute coworker in Charlotte, his 10-year-old yellow Lab — and there are aww-dorable photos to prove it.
Both were recently hired at the Lowe’s hardware store in Abilene, Texas, and the Internet let out an audible scream when photos of the pair at work spread on social media.
“I love Abilene Lowes, way to go! This is a disabled vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!” Judy Dechert Rose wrote in a Facebook post that’s since been shared over 150,000 times.
Luthy tells King 5 News, who reported the story, that he was trying to find a job after serving in the Air Force. “I was trying to figure out where I could go that would be a good fit and it wouldn’t mind having Charlotte, and my wife said I was at Lowe’s so much anyway, I might as well get a job there,” he said.
Lowe’s human resources manager Jay Fellers said he made the right choice by hiring Luthy and his service dog. “Because they were the best person for the job. So, we went through the interview process and Clay and his own merit won the job. And we knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him,” Fellers said.
Luthy, who is in the process of training another service dog named Lola to take over for Charlotte, is overwhelmed by the attention the photo received on Facebook.
“By the time I looked at it, there was 1,000 comments on it. Oh my gosh, it was ridiculous,” he told King 5. “I found a way to have a productive life and my prescription is four-legged.”