Disabled Vet Can’t Work Without His Service Dog, So Lowes Hired Them Both.
Customers at Lowe’s hardware store in Abilene, Texas, will find Clay Luthy and his canine Charlotte ready to help out. The Air Force veteran was struggling finding a job after five surgeries on his knees left him relying on Charlotte for support.
When he went for his job interview, Luthy took Charlotte with him. Jay Fellers, the human resource manager didn’t have any problems hiring Luthy and Charlotte. “They were the best person for the job. So, we went through the interview process and Clay and his own merit won the job,” explains Fellers. “And we knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him.”
Shoppers have fallen in love with the pair, particularly, Charlotte who doesn't seem to mind the cuddles from humans.
Charlotte was not meant to be a service dog when Luthy took her home as a puppy.
"I found out a couple years ago she was alerting me and I didn’t even know it," explains Luthy.
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Charlotte got her very own Lowe's employee vest.
"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," says Luthy.
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The 10-year-old lab helps keep Luthy calm down as well as support if he falls down.
The Air Force veteran is unable to bend his left knee even after so many surgeries.
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"Instead of medications, I have Charlotte," admits Luthy.
They have worked at the store for two months and everyone seems to love them. The store is also being praised for accommodating the duo.
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Charlotte is already 10 years old and may not be able to do her duties for much longer.
In preparation for that Luthy is training a six-month-old golden named Lola.
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