19-year-old dog Schoep in a cradle in John’s hands
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson learned that one of her picture may be worth 2.2 million views, 191,162 Likes and more than 22 000 comments on the social network Facebook. This 19-year-old dog Schoep is as in a cradle in the hands of John, who carries his 19-year-old dog into the warm waters of the Lake Superior every night, to make him fall sleep. Swimming in the water soothes arthritis and floating in the water helps him ease the pain. Lake Superior is very warm at this time, so the water temperature is ideal. John saved Schoep when he was eight-month-old puppy, and since then they have gone through many adventures together.
update 20 July 2013:
The arthritic dog who became an internet sensation after picture of his owner soothing him in a lake went viral has died a month after he turned 20.
John Unger, owner of Schoep the German Shepherd, announced his pet’s death by posting a photograph of a paw print in the sand on Facebook with the caption: ‘I breathe but I can’t catch my breath’.