A proud pooch has been honoured in a US high school yearbook after becoming one of the most popular members of class.
Alpha, a male labrador retriever, is a service dog for Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk – a 16-year-old student at Stafford High School in Virginia who has Type 1 diabetes.
The pair have been attending school together for about a year, so AJ asked the school yearbook-makers if Alpha could be photographed as an honorary student.
The result is very endearing.
“I started by bringing him once a week, then twice, and so on and so forth until he was fully acclimated,” AJ told Mashable.
The dog is now in classes every day, where he sniffs AJ’s breath and can alert him if his blood sugar levels are too low or too high.
“The decision to get a service dog came about just to have greater control over my blood sugar and A1C, and Alpha has …