Blue and his human were in a tough spot. After suffering a brain injury that left him with permanent damage, Blue’s owner relied on him as a service dog.
Unfortunately, his owner was having trouble finding a job, as many employers are leery of hiring someone who needs a service dog to get through the day. This is despite the fact that service dogs have shown, time and again, that they work wonders for people with all kinds of needs.
Whether it’s a dog who works with the same person every day or a dog that gives comfort to people in times of need, like the dog who comforts nervous kids at the dentist’s office, service dogs improve lives all over the world.
Luckily, the pair found employment at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Lowe’s hired both of them and even provided Blue with his own company vest and name tag.
Normally, a new hire doesn’t make international news, but in this case, it’s a statement about making the workplace more accessible for those with special needs.
[H/T: The Dodo, Reddit]
This Lowe’s store in Regina, Saskatchewan, is just like any other, but it’s being lauded across the Internet.
It started as a simple hire, but the gesture has a larger message.
After a brain injury, Blue’s owner was having trouble finding a job. He relied on Blue daily for his help as a service dog, but many places weren’t willing to hire someone who needed a dog.
Luckily, Lowe’s was more than happy to do so.
Blue even got a vest and name tag, as well as an official job title: customer service canine.
As you can see, he also sports a service dog collar so others know that he’s on the job.
Lowe’s Canada posted the photos to their Facebook, stating:
“A recent hire is a gentleman that was having difficulty finding employment because of a brain injury and a support dog.
So we did what Lowe’s does best: we hired him and outfitted Blue, our customer service canine, with his very own vest!”
And the public has come out to show their support.
Many are thrilled that Lowe’s is taking a stand against ableism in the workplace and giving someone with a tough challenge a chance.
The hope is that other employers will be inspired by this and open their workplaces to those with special needs.
Lowe’s decision shows that just because someone may have a specific need doesn’t mean that they can’t be a great employee. Plus, Blue looks like a great addition to the team.
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