A Job For A Man And His Service Dog
Sometimes people just need a chance. After suffering a brain injury, Owen was having trouble getting a job. His dog, Blue, really helped him deal with stress. But the trouble was finding a place of employment that would understand. Thankfully, Lowe’s did and decided to hire them both!
The Lowe’s in Regina, Canada was proud to announce both Owen and Blue as official employees at the home improvement store. They even made sure Blue got his very own vest!
The Facebook announcement was met with tons of support from people touched by the fact that the retail chain was willing to accommodate Owen’s special needs.
But the true gratitude sets in when you hear what a blessing the opportunity was from Owen himself.
As a teenager, Owen made some really bad decisions when it came to alcohol. At 15, he wound up in a car accident and was in a coma for 4 months. Now, the 55-year-old still deals with the effects from the brain damage.
"I felt like I was second-class citizen for a long time because, ‘Oh, he's got a brain injury,' " Owen recalls.
He even says that one job in the past was paying him $5 less per hour than his fellow co-workers simply because of his disability.
But God sent Owen a 4-legged angel to help!
Blue is a 10-year-old mixed breed service dog who Owen says trained himself. Aside from being Owen’s best friend, Blue is there to help him deal with stress.
“He knows me better than I know myself. He's got a sixth sense," Owen lovingly says.
And so, it means a lot to Owen to have an employer and fellow co-workers who have welcomed him and his service dog with open arms.
"Now Lowe's is treating me like a normal person," he says. “I am so grateful to them.”
We’re so glad to hear that Owen and Blue are now right where they belong. And what a wonderful example of compassion in the workplace — somewhere you don’t always find it!
“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
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h/t: The DoDo