Diana Bloom posted on her twitter account a photo of Alpha, 4-year-old service dog, who attends school every day with his human, Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk. The dog made his way to the Stafford High School’s 2017 yearbook. The photo went viral with 3500 retweets and whooping 9400 likes.
they put his service dog in the yearbook i'm CRYING pic.twitter.com/yU47kpKnwA
— diana bloom (@nycstheplacetob) May 18, 2017
“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,” Bloom said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
Bloom and Schalk ride the same bus everyday but don’t have any classes together so she was surprised when she saw Alpha in the yearbook.
Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and it is Alpha’s job to alert him when his blood sugar is either getting too low or high. One of the amazing talents of Alpha is that he can determine 20 to 40 minutes earlier before AJ’s blood sugar actually go low or high. He has an amazing sense of smell!
Since last year, AJ started bringing him to school to accompany him; the dog even got his own ID. A lot of people know about Alpha and since he became a huge part of his school year, AJ asked the people in charge of the yearbook to let him be included in the yearbook. Everyone was 100 percent supportive.
“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,” says AJ in an interview with BuzzFeed News.