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Service Dog Gets His Own Photo in Virginian High School Yearbook and People Love It

posted: 05/25/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi
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Diana Bloom

Among the sea of faces that a Virginian high school yearbook contains, one stands out above the rest. Why? Because it's not a human.

It's a dog.

A service dog named Alpha that aids a student with Type 1 diabetes appeared on the pages of Stafford High School's yearbook right next to his owner and everyone is loving it.

"He has saved my life multiple times already," said owner Andrew Schalk, 16, "by waking me up in the middle of the night to extremely low blood sugars, which are very dangerous."

In fact, it was Schalk who went to the yearbook committee with the idea to have his beloved Labrador retriever featured and they were "100 percent behind it." The dog even garnered his own school ID, too.

Photo credit: Andrew Schalk

Photo credit: Andrew Schalk

Alpha has been with Schalk for the last year added "a lot of happiness" to the school's environment, the student said.

That being said, classmates and even people from outside the school district seem to really like the decision to include Alpha. Twitter is filled with users liking, commenting on and retweeting tweets about Schalk's furry friend in the yearbook, helping the photo of it quickly take off across the country.
One particular tweet about the four-legged surprise has been retweeted over 3,000 times.

We can see exactly why people are loving this so much. Go Alpha!