Abilene Lowe’s hires disabled Veteran Clay Luthy and his service dog Charlotte

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Air Force Veteran Clay Luthy brought his service dog Charlotte into the interview with him

  • Lowe’s told Luthy that bringing Charlotte to work with him would not be a problem

  • Judy Dechert Rose uploaded a picture of the duo last week to her Facebook not knowing the viral attention it would receive

  • Luthy made Charlotte’s vest out of a Lowe’s apron

It is no secret that the majority of our veterans receive less than adequate treatment after returning home. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is in shambles, suicide rates are through the roof, and we lack the human resources to acquire a guaranteed number of just how many homeless veterans we have in the country.

In the midst of so many veterans falling through the cracks of a crumbling system, one Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas decided to go against the grain.

A picture uploaded by Judy Dechert Rose went viral after she uploaded it to her Facebook on December 4. Since uploading the picture it has been liked over 190,000 times, and shared over 200,000 times. The picture showed a Lowe’s employee with his back to the camera. Sitting next to the employee was his service dog, who was also wearing a Lowe’s vest. The caption with the viral image read as follows.

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!! — at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

When Rose asked what the deal was with the employee and his apparent canine coworker she was surprised by the answer she received.

A few months before the viral picture being taken, Clay Luthy, an Air Force Veteran, had come into the store looking for a part-time job. Jay Fellers, a Lowe’s human resources managers, told KRBC News that Luthy had shown up for the job interview with his service dog Charlotte.

During the interview, Luthy asked if bringing Charlotte to work with him

Air Force Veteran Clay Luthy and his Abilene, Texas Lowe's coworker Charlotte.
Air Force Veteran Clay Luthy and his Abilene, Texas Lowe’s coworker Charlotte.

would be a problem. The store told him it would not be, and a few weeks later Luthy and Charlotte were hired.

Charlotte’s vest was made out of a Lowe’s apron made by Luthy. Luthy has not gone into details on the medical reasons for having Charlotte, but Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb wanted to assure people that it was not to help Luthy from avoiding falls.

The viral picture has brought a significant amount of attention to both Luthy and Charlotte, and the Abilene Lowe’s. Rose apologized for the unexpected attention, but Luthy told her and her husband not to worry about it.

Charlotte is totally fine with the unforeseen attention. Customers now make it a point to stop and give her attention, which she is more than happy to accept.

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