Sammy Nickalls
Updated March 09, 2016 8:36 am
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Dogs are our companions, our best friends, our family. But for seven-year-old Luke Nuttall, his black Labrador, Jedi, isn’t just his best friend — he’s his guardian. In fact, if it weren’t for his service dog, Luke may not be here today.

Last week, mother Dorrie Nuttall posted a picture on Facebook of Luke, who has type 1 diabetes, with Jedi standing by his side. The post has since gone viral, with over 180,000 shares and 370,000 likes.

“This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much more,” she wrote in the post. “This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy. Saving him from highs and lows and from ever feeling alone.”