Diana Bloom, a senior at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Virginia, got her yearbook last week.
She was flipping through it, checking out all the pictures, when something a little unusual caught her eye…
In case you couldn’t tell, that would be a dog.
“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,” she told BuzzFeed News.
It immediately went viral, and for good reason.
That furry little guy would beAlpha, and he’s a service dog for Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk, a sixteen-year-old junior at Stafford High.
While Bloomand Schalk ride the same bus, they don’t have any classes together, so she didn’t know that Alpha would be appearing in the yearbook.
But Alpha is much more than a cute little face.
Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and Alpha’s job is to alert him when his blood sugar is getting too low or high.
“The amazing thing about Alpha is that he knows twentyto forty minutes before my blood sugar actually does go low or high due to his amazing sense of smell,” he said.
“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,” Schalk said.
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