Try Not To Cry: High School Student’s Service Dog Gets Official Yearbook Photo

There is a saying out there that goes something like this, “my goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.” Now, I’m not sure if it’s dead-on accurate, but you get the picture — Dogs are great and complete our lives.

As for Andrew Schalk, he proved just how good a person he really is this week; watering up thousands of people’s eyes in the process.

Schalk, a 16-year old student, suffers from Type 1 diabetes and requires a service dog to alert him* when his blood-sugar gets to a dangerous level. Being such a serious matter, his dog — Alpha — comes with him to school and is a common sight around Stafford High School (Falmouth, VA).

In fact, Alpha was so widely known around campus that his owner thought he deserved something special — a spot in the school’s yearbook. Schalk was able to pull the proper strings, even getting Alpha a student ID card.

Try not to melt when you see Alpha’s picture, side-by-side with his owner, Andrew.

Go kiss your dog and do something nice for them tomorrow. After all, they are the only things out there that love US more than they love themselves.


  • High and low blood-sugar levels release distinct smells that are not detectable to humans. Diabetes dogs are trained in advance to react to these smells, letting their owners know if something goes wrong. Per BuzzFeed, Alpha saved his owner’s life numerous times — waking him up in the middle of the night when his blood-sugar was at a dangerous level. Truly amazing stuff.
Andrew & Alpha (Per BuzzFeed)
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