Clay Luthy of Abilene, Tex. and his 10-year-old golden retriever Charlotte are a package deal.
That’s because Charlotte is trained to help Luthy, an injured Air Force vet who has undergone five surgeries on both knees, get back on his feet when he falls. It’s a big job, especially since the 35-year-old can no longer bend his left knee at all. But Charlotte is happy to do it.
With the military behind him and a wife and three kids at home, Luthy was having trouble finding a job that would hire both him and Charlotte.
"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,” Luthy told KIDY FOX San Angelo.
Lo and behold, the dynamic duo turned out to be the perfect fit for the Lowe’s right down the street in Abilene.
“They were the best person for the job. We went through the interview process, and Clay and his own merit won the job,” Jay Fellers, the store’s human resources manager, told KIDY. “We knew he was going to make a great employee. We just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him.”
Ever the loyal companion, Charlotte now dons her red Lowe’s vest—made out of an old apron—and punches the clock with Luthy. Together they roam the aisles looking for customers who need help — and maybe a smile or two.
Recently, a customer snapped a photo of Charlotte and Luthy while they were on the job and shared it on Facebook. “I love Abilene Lowes, way to go!” Judy Dechert Rose captioned the photo that has since gone viral. “This is a disabled vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!”
Luthy says he can’t believe how much attention the photo has gotten. After all, he’s just a man looking to make a living. “By the time I looked at it, there was 1,000 comments on it. Oh my gosh, it was ridiculous,” he recalled. “I found a way to have a productive life and my prescription is four-legged.”