Schoep passed away in July 2013. He was 20 years old.
I love dogs and Schoep’s story is an inspiration to me. I remembered seeing this photo years ago and it has never left my mind since then. The photo speaks of the unconditional love between Schoep and his human dad, John Unger. Schoep was already suffering from arthritis when this photo was taken last August 2012. To make him feel better, his human dad would carry him and let him warm up in the waters of Lake Superior. When John was told by Schoep’ s vet that his beloved dog is already nearing the end of his life, he called his friend, Hannah, a photographer, to take photos of him and his beloved companion. Hannah perfectly captured the moment when Schoep fell asleep in his human dad’s arms while being carried in the water.
John is lucky for finding Schoep after a year of looking in various shelters. And Schoep was lucky to have a human dad like John who knows how to love unconditionally. Theirs is an inspiring story. Schoep passed away knowing that he was loved and cared for dearly not only by his human dad but by the thousands of people who were moved after seeing the photo. These people also made it possible for Schoep to live a year longer through their donations for Schoep’s laser treatment for arthritis.
Schoep lived a long life – a life filled with love. I salute John for being a great human companion to Schoep.
I also want my furry baby, Momiji, to live a long life. My boy is 4 years old now and so far everything has been good. He is a bit sickly but he’s strong and a fighter. I love being with him all the time. He is like my vitamin. He makes me happy. He makes me feel loved. He is the center of my life. I am thankful to have him by my side.
P.S. John has a new furry companion now named Bear……
-credit to Hanna Stonehouse for the image-