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Shoep The Dog Dies One Year After Viral Photo Saves Him

Schoep Dog Viral Photo Dies 20

Schoep the dog, whose photo went viral last year, has died at the age of 20, according to the pooch’s owner, John Unger. Unger announced the sad news on his Facebook account on Thursday.

Schoep’s story came to light last summer after a photo was posted to Facebook showing Unger cradling the aging pooch in Lake Superior to help him sleep.

The dog and his best friend had a long-lasting relationship. Unger adopted Schoep from the Humane Society when the shepherd mix was just a puppy. He had all the markings of being beaten.

As Schoep grew older, the pair did everything together, and that meant the pooch helping Unger through a bad breakup that left him so depressed he considered suicide. But John survived, for his dog.

The viral photo was taken last year by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. It shows Unger cradling Schoep in the waters of Lake Superior while the water lulls the 19-year-old dog to sleep. According to Unger, it was the only way he could get the ailing pooch to relax.

And John Unger was also faced with the very real possibility that he would have to say goodbye to his best friend last summer, unless the medication the dog was getting started to help with his condition. But thanks to the viral photo, that didn’t happen. Donations poured in for Schoep’s treatment, allowing John Unger to enjoy another year with his precious pooch.

But on Thursday, shortly after celebrating the dog’s 20th birthday, Unger announced on Facebook that Schoep had died. He posted a photo of a lone pawprint on the beach, writing, “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath… Schoep passed yesterday more information in the days ahead.”

Condolences poured in for John Unger after the announcement, with several Facebook users expressing their sorrow at the new that Scheop had passed. One user commented, “My heart is broken for you and sweet Schoep. Thank you for sharing him with us. He is forever a part of you.”

While John Unger has yet to say how his dog Schoep died, it is likely he will release details of what happened soon.

[Image via Facebook]

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23 Responses to “Shoep The Dog Dies One Year After Viral Photo Saves Him”

  1. Keri Swanson

    Wow, This is the First time I heard of Your Beloved Best Friends death, I'm very sorry to hear of that, I love animals. I too have 2 dogs/2 cats.. They are My Kids..

  2. Denise Seny

    Omg…I'm in tears John!!! I heard your story months ago & it touched my heart! My heart aches for you & Schoep! I am thinking of you! God will take care of the 2 of you…he's in a better place.

  3. John Joseph Bovenzi

    Losing a beloved pet is no different than losing a child to some of us. Rest easy knowing Shoep is pain free now and waiting for you.

  4. Carol Kelsey

    so sorry to hear about this> I can understand the love and loss you feel from his death. Have been thinking of you two since the first time I saw this on TV and then online. I'm glad that you had another year with him.

  5. Maria Victoria Gonzalez Biondo

    I HAVE FELT YOUR DOG WAS A PART OF OUR FAMILY AND I FEEL YOUR PAIN.I will be praying for you in the days and weeks ahead for comfort.And may our Lord stand beside you every step of the way it will be a long time before you get over your baby's death but know every body all over loved your baby as well and we share your sarrow.God Bless you.Sad in Tallahassee Fla.

  6. Sandy Raynor

    What a special friend he will be with you always god bless you my friend

  7. Cathy Everette

    I almost cried when I read this. :( He was blessed with a loving human and John was blessed to have Schoep for 20 years.

  8. Edward Lebeau

    So so sad…RIP Schoep…may the cats you chase in Doggy Heaven be 3 legged and slow and your bowl always be full of T- bones…Sorry for your loss John :(

  9. Jeannie Munsey Jarrell

    They almost immediately become family. My sincere condolences to you. John.@

  10. Fran Curcurato Armstrong

    I was touched when I originally saw the picture. The love that he had for his dog was limitless. Twenty years is a long time for a dog to live. I had a dog who I had to put down at nineteen. The pain was still gut wrenching. I hope in time he will be able to get another friend from the shelter. Not a replacement, but a scared, unloved dog who needs to feel love maybe for the first time in his life. My condolence to you. His spirit will linger on.

  11. Tammy Burnett Pace

    omg this was the saddest thing it made me cry, I am so sorry for your lost. I know what you are going thru we just lost our little poochlie its like you cant breathe for along time, again I'm sorry RIP Scheop.

  12. Sharon Wolfe

    JOHN, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your friend and companion Shoep. I too have just lost my friend. She was find on the forth but when I went to feed and water her on the 5th, she was gone.. She passed sometime during the night… I feel you pain but I also know that they are in a better pain free place and waiting for us…My thoughts and prayers are with you.. God Bless you and your companion.

  13. Carol Baker

    RIP Scheop! John remember all the happy times you had with him. Give yourself time to heal. Then go to the humane society and save another life.

  14. Susan Jones

    My heart goes out to you and your family, John. RIP Scheop!! I hope doggy heaven gives you as much love as John has!

  15. Jerry Boomsma

    RIP Scheop ! My heart goes out to you John. There are no words that I can say that will heel your lose, but the memories of Scheop can only be a blessing. That is something that nothing in this world can EVER replace. My prayers go out to you.

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