June 8, 2016 12:11 pm
Updated: June 8, 2016 7:52 pm

Regina Lowe’s welcomes new canine staffer

WATCH ABOVE: Lowe's Canada has been garnering a lot of attention on social media after a posting about a new hire of a Regina man and his service dog. Owen Lima needs the assistance of his service dog Blue and had been unable to find work before a Lowe's in Regina decided to hire the duo.

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Lowe’s Canada is garnering a lot of positive attention on social media after they hired a Regina man and his service dog.

On Monday, Lowe’s Canada shared a Facebook post introducing some of their newest employees.

“A recent hire is a gentleman that was having difficulty finding employment because of a brain injury and a support dog,” the post said.

“So we did what Lowe’s does best: we hired him and outfitted Blue, our customer service canine, with his very own vest!”

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The company posted photos of Owen Lima, a customer-service associate, and Blue, who is pictured wearing a company-issued customer service vest.

The Facebook post has already been shared over 8,000 times.

“They really assisted me in where I am now, today,” Lima said about Lowe’s.

“I’m just happy to be here. I’m happy to be treated like a citizen, not a second-class citizen. Lowe’s has given me the reason to live.”

Lima, who was injured in a car accident and was in a coma for a period of time, said Blue is also happy having a role at Lowe’s.

“He loves people,” Lima said. “He’s an awesome dog and I have the privilege of being with him.”

Paolo Gallo, the store manager at Lowe’s Northgate Mall location, said there are no issues with having a service dog in the store. Lima started right when the store opened on June 6.

“He knows a lot of people in the area so from the customer’s perspective, they love to see that he’s actually working and they love to see that Blue’s by his side.”

Gallo also joked that Blue is the harder worker.

“He’s got a lot of walking to do.”

Lowe’s is opening its second Regina store this week at Northgate Mall.

 

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