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Veteran With Service Dog Struggled To Find A Job — Until This Store Hired Them Both

She even gets to wear a vest like her dad.

This simple photo of a home improvement store employee and his pet is quickly going viral on social media - and for all the right reasons.

Judy Dechert Rose, a customer at Lowe's in Abilene, Texas, posted the image online this week with a caption describing the heartwarming story behind it.

"This is a retired vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!"

The Dodo reached out to the store's human resource manager, Jay Fellers, who identified the employee and pup as retired Air Force vet Clay Luthy and his dog Charlotte. When Luthy interviewed for the position a few months ago, his faithful companion was by his side then, too.

"We didn't realize he was having a difficult time finding a job," said Fellers. "He applied here and went through a normal interview process, and brought Charlotte in as part of the interview. He told us about Charlotte, and how she supports him. He ended up being our top candidate."

Although some other employers apparently thought that hiring Luthy would be problematic because of his service dog, this store has found having them both on staff to be quite the opposite.

"If someone is a good worker, it shouldn't matter if they have a service dog. But in our case, it's been an absolute benefit to have Charlotte around," said Fellers. "She's a great hit with the folks who come around our store, especially the kids. Our customers really love and appreciate her. It's been a good time having them as part of our staff."

This isn't the first time Lowe's has made headlines for welcoming a new employees service dog onboard - and we hope more and more stores will soon follow suit.