Texas Lowe's hires disabled veteran and his service dog

Many veterans suffer disabilities after they complete service, whether physically or mentally. Thankfully, though, service animals may help them in their day-to-day lives.

One store in Texas recognized that when hiring a veteran -- and decided to hire his service dog, too. The Lowe's in Abilene, Texas welcomed Clay Luthy and his golden retriever named Charlotte.

A customer at Lowe's, Judy Dechert Rose, shared a photo of the two on Facebook:

Luthy was in the Air Force, and has had to have five knee surgeries. He spoke with Abilene Reporter-News about his -- and Charlotte's -- job. "I can do pretty much everything. We grew up with nothing, so we fixed things and did it ourselves," he said.

Luthy could not re-enlist in the Air Force due to his knees; after leaving, his primary job was being a handyman. He frequented the Lowe's and learned that the company is fine with service dogs. He eventually applied when he saw a job opening.

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HR manager Jay Fellers said Luthy and Charlotte were perfect for the role. "We went through the interview process and Clay and his own merit won the job," he told local news outlet KIDY. "And we knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him."

The photo Rose posted quickly went viral, generating over 100,000 likes and shares. Luthy was shocked by the response. "By the time I looked at it, there was 1,000 comments on it. Oh my gosh, it was ridiculous," he told KIDY.

Luthy owes the job to his canine companion. He said, "I found a way to have a productive life and my prescription is four-legged."

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