When getting ready to take your photo for the yearbook, it’s essential to look your best. Most people put a lot of effort into their hair, outfit and other aspects of their appearance for school picture day. After all, that photo will live on forever.
Rowdy the service dog also dressed to impress for his yearbook photo, and the result is absolutely precious. Rowdy is a diabetic alert dog for Daegan, a student at M.J. Kaufman Elementary School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rowdy donned a bowtie for the occasion and got his very own photo taken.
The photographer, Jill Engel, posted his photo to Twitter on Oct. 3, and people absolutely loved it. Rowdy’s picture has since been re-tweeted more than 308,000 times:
I’m a school photographer and we got to take a service dog’s picture for the yearbook today pic.twitter.com/HtryGOvafI
— Jillian Christine (@JillEngel_) October 3, 2018
“I’m a school photographer and we got to take a service dog’s picture for the yearbook today,” she captioned her photos of Rowdy posing for a portrait. How adorable! He even looks like he’s smiling.
According to the organization Service Dogs For America, emergency medical response dogs (EMRD) respond to medical events, such as epileptic seizure and diabetes-related fluctuations in blood sugar.
These dogs are trained to detect subtle changes in a person’s odor, respiration rates and behavior that can indicate that something is wrong, prompting them or another human nearby to take action. The dogs can also sometimes fetch needed medicine or juice and food.
Here’s a video of Rowdy alerting Daegan’s family that her blood sugar was high:
Unsurprisingly, Rowdy has been embraced as a member of the family. Here he is celebrating his fifth birthday, where he was treated to puppy cake and new toys:
And here he is sneaking in some fun at the beach while still hard at work monitoring Daegen:
And it wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch, right? Turns out Rowdy agrees:
Aww! What a good boy!