A Reason to Smile Today: Teen's Service Dog Is Included in High School Yearbook

We are loving this sweet story of a junior high school student's service dog Alpha, who got his own headshot in the yearbook.

Diana Bloom, a student at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Virginia noticed something pretty special when she got her yearbook this year.

The 18-year-old tweeted that the inclusion of a photo of her friend Andrew Schalk's service dog Alpha left her in tears.

"Seeing a picture of a dog caught my eye pretty quickly," Bloom told BuzzFeed News, adding "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."

Her post has since gone viral with over 7,000 favorites and 2,500 retweets at time of writing.

According to BuzzFeed, Schalk has type 1 diabetes and Alpha can alert him when his blood sugar is dangerously low or high. "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 said, adding that Alpha has already saved his life numerous times.

Since bringing him to school, the junior says that his peers have gotten to know Alpha, and that the pup brightens their days. The yearbook staff was 100 percent on board when Schalk asked if his photo could be included. The student adds that having the school embrace Alpha makes him feel like his disability is a blessing, rather than a negative thing in his life.

Numerous other classmates have since taken to social media to also share how happy they are that Alpha was included in the yearbook, and we agree it's pretty darn awesome!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook and Instagram where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.

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