A School Included This Teen’s Service Dog In The Yearbook And It’s The Purest Thing

About a week ago, just like every other senior, Diana Bloom got her yearbook from Stafford High School located in Falmouth, Virginia.

Diana Bloom


She was turning the pages of her Yearbook when she noticed something unusual.


The tweet went viral very quickly.

She told Buzzfeed News, “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.” 

This unusual student is named Alpha, who is a service dog for junior Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk at Stafford High.

AJ Schalk

Bloom has seen him around since they ride the same bus, but she doesn’t personally know him or his dog since they don’t have any classes together.


Basically, Schalk has Type 1 diabetes, and Alpha informs him every time his blood sugar gets out of control.

AJ Schalk

He said, “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,” Schalk said.

AJ Schalk

Schalk started bringing Alpha last year to school so he could get used to the new environment.

AJ Schalk


Everyone knew about him because he accompanied Schalk in all his classes. So, when he asked those in charge of the yearbook if Alpha could be part of it, they didn’t mind at all.

AJ Schalk


“I just brought him with me when I got my yearbook picture taken,” Schalk said. “The only thing they changed was the camera height. They just had to lower it a little haha.”


He has his own School ID too!

AJ Schalk


“He has been a great companion and added a lot of happiness to my school’s environment,” Schalk said, “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.”

Diana Bloom


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“Yes, Alpha is really an amazing animal,” Schalk said. “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.”

AJ Schalk
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