A senior at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Virginia was flipping through her new 2017 yearbook when she came across an unusual face.
The sweet pooch in question? Alpha, a service dog that monitors sugar levels for a student with Type 1 Diabetes named AJ Schalk. The dog’s sense of smell is so keen that he can identify dips and elevations in blood sugar levels almost a half hour before they turn dangerous.
Schalk spoke with Buzzfeed News: "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.”
The very (very, VERY) good dog attends classes with AJ and has become a welcome face around the school. "He has been a great companion and added a lot of happiness to my school's environment. It brightens people's days seeing him in the halls or in my class and I love being able to have that effect on people."
Since Alpha is in school just as much as any other student, it only made sense that he receive his own yearbook photo—and the school was 100% on board. We applaud Stafford High not only for their support of service dogs but full-on celebration of them!
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