It’s Impossible Not to Smile Over This Service Dog That Was Included in a School Yearbook

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Everyone knows that when you have a dog, they become a part of the family. That’s especially true for service dogs, who not only provide companionship but also life-saving aid to their owners. Recognizing this, one high school in Virginia put a student’s service dog in the school’s yearbook, and we are here for it.

Diana Bloom, a senior at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Virginia, was flipping through her yearbook when she came across something amazing:

lookit that doggo

Image: Twitter / @nycstheplacetob


That sweet doggo is Alpha, the service animal for Stafford junior Andrew Schalk. Schalk has Type 1 Diabetes, and Alpha can sense when Andrew’s blood sugar is dangerously low. Schalk told BuzzFeed that “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.”

Because Alpha has become a part of daily life at the high school, Schalk approached the yearbook staff about including the pupper. According to Schalk, the teachers and students were 100% supportive.

Best pupper ever

Image: Twitter / @t1dfighter_aj

Is it weird that I want a wallet-size of that picture?

Alpha even has a school ID, because this school is the best.

student Alpha

Image: BuzzFeed / @Andrew Schalk

Alpha just might be the best doggo ever. “Alpha is really an amazing animal,” Schalk said to BuzzFeed. “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.” I want to give this dog so many head pats.

Bloom thinks it’s pretty cool, too. “Seeing a picture of a dog caught my eye pretty quickly,” Bloom told BuzzFeed. “I thought it was so cute.” So do we!

(Image: Twitter / @nycstheplacetob)