His service dog, Alpha, sits right next to him in his school’s yearbook.
Andrew (A.J.) Schalk has type-1 diabetes, and his service dog Alpha is an absolute necessity who stays by his side daily. Alpha has a unique skill that can sense blood sugar abnormalities in A.J., even before A.J. starts to feel something happening himself. Alpha even wakes him up at night when attention is needed.
The school, Stafford High School in Falmouth, VA agreed to put the dog in the yearbook. They already issued a school ID to Alpha, and figured he can have a spot in the annual too.
A.J. said he got in touch with a friend of his who was actually on the yearbook staff for the school, and they got together with the teachers who run the publication, and they were “were 100 percent supportive.” “All they had to do was lower the camera and took the picture just like for anyone else,” says A.J.
See a picture of A.J. and Alpha here.
Shortly after yearbooks were handed out, the Tweets began spreading:
A.J. says “having him at school and making everyone so happy has made my disability such a positive thing for me.” How cool. We’re glad the school was able to do that for them!