He’s a good boy.
The school year is coming to an end and seniors – including an 18-year-old Diana Bloom – are finally receiving their yearbooks. Last week, the Stafford High School student was flipping through hers, when she noticed a very special graduate: Alpha, the service dog.
She explains: “Seeing a picture of a dog caught my eye pretty quickly. I thought it was so cute, and I knew that some of my underclassmen friends hadn’t seen it yet because they didn’t have their yearbooks so I took a picture and tweeted it.” Her post has been shared more than 3,000 times and garnered over 9,000 likes.
they put his service dog in the yearbook i’m CRYING pic.twitter.com/yU47kpKnwA
— diana bloom (@nycstheplacetob) May 18, 2017
The adorable black lab is a service dog for Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk, a 16-year-old junior at the Falmouth, Virginia-based school. Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and Alpha helps to monitor his blood sugar levels.
The teen says: “The amazing thing about Alpha is that he knows 20 to 40 minutes before my blood sugar actually does go low or high due to his amazing sense of smell. He has saved my life multiple times already, by waking me up in the middle of the night to extremely low blood sugars, which are very dangerous.”
AJ started bringing his amazing service dog with him to school last year “to get him acclimated to the school environment so he would be prepared for this year.” Alpha has become the school’s favorite and even has his own student ID, since he’s on campus every day.
AJ concludes: “Yes, Alpha is really an amazing animal. He makes a disability, such as my diabetes, such a positive experience for me and my life overall, and really turns it into a blessing rather than a negative part of my life.”