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Do you remember Schoep from this post last year?

This wonderful photo has turned me into a blubbering idiot. There is something so touching in that exact moment that it makes my heart melt. The love and trust between this man and his dog is without question. It's moments like this that return my faith in humanity. Thank you John and Schoep.



John Unger cradling his dog, Schoep, in Lake Superior.


Photographer Captures Tender Moment Between Man And His Sick Dog In Lake Superior


They say a dog is a man's best friend, but to John Unger, a Wisconsin resident, his dog, Schoep, means everything.
Unger adopted Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping, the Pioneer Press reports. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep.
Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photography and a friend of Unger's, decided to capture the relationship between the man and his dog down by the water.
"This photo was from a last minute session," the Bayfield, Wis., photographer told The Huffington Post in an email. "We had been trying to get together for weeks, but it kept not happening because of my travel schedule for Stonehouse. We finally got together last Tuesday (the 31st). I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught -- a man and his dog. John loving his Schoep, and Schoep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed. I hate posed photos. They never, ever capture the true essence of anything."
Stonehouse Hudson decided to post the photo to Facebook, where she described the pair's loving relationship.
"This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior," she wrote in the Facebook post, which has received more than 207,000 likes and 116,000 shares as of Wednesday morning.
"Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures," she continued.

Photographer Captures Tender Moment Between Man And His Sick Dog In Lake Superior (PHOTO)

That is a beautiful image above.


Unfortunately, Schoep has passed.


Schoep, the arthritic dog who became an Internet sensation last summer when he was photographed floating peacefully in Lake Superior in his owner’s arms, has passed away.

The 20-year-old dog’s owner, John Unger, announced the death of his best friend on Facebook on Thursday evening.

“I Breathe But I Can't Catch My Breath...” Unger wrote. “Schoep passed yesterday. More information in the days ahead.”


Dog pictured floating to sleep in owner's arms has died - TODAY.com
 

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I remember this picture and story. Heartbreaking to hear his buddy has passed. I am sure he is better now, but the pain it leaves behind is enormous.

RIP Schoep.
 

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Do you remember Schoep from this post last year?


That is a beautiful image above.


Unfortunately, Schoep has passed.


Schoep, the arthritic dog who became an Internet sensation last summer when he was photographed floating peacefully in Lake Superior in his owner’s arms, has passed away.

The 20-year-old dog’s owner, John Unger, announced the death of his best friend on Facebook on Thursday evening.

“I Breathe But I Can't Catch My Breath...” Unger wrote. “Schoep passed yesterday. More information in the days ahead.”


Dog pictured floating to sleep in owner's arms has died - TODAY.com
That is so sad! :(
 

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I've got a lump in my throat. That picture made me tear up. It's heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. :(
 
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