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Dog in touching photo that went viral dies

Schoep's owner comforted the aging canine by helping him float in Lake Superior.

John Unger, Schoep's owner, posted on Facebook today news that his beloved 20-year-old dog has passed away.

The arthritic dog and his owner made headlines last summer when a touching image of Unger comforting the aging Schoep in Lake Superior went viral.

Bing: See the photo here.

Courtesy of Schoep and John via Facebook, www.facebook.com/Schoep.and.JohnUnger's post reads:

"I Breathe But I Can't Catch My Breath..." Schoep passed yesterday. More information in the days ahead."

The post has already garnered thousands of shares, like and comments. Here's a sampling:

"So sorry to read this post. What an amazing friendship you both had. Thank you for sharing his journey."

"My heart is breaking for you. There are no words."

"The end of one of the most wonderful stories of devotion ... he is an angel now, totally well and looking down on his devoted companion ..."

"But what a good long loving life he had. I hope John can deal with his grief of Schoep."

Mr. Unger, we are so sorry for your loss.

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Photo: Courtesy of Schoep and John via Facebook, www.facebook.com/Schoep.and.John

Jul 25, 2013 8:02PM
I too believe in the Rainbow Bridge.....Schope will be waiting for you, tail wagging....

Jul 19, 2013 11:15AM

I saw your original story and was so touched.

I saved my dog Kimble and his sister the Saturday before the Monday they were to be put down for being Pits.

His sister went to another loving home and I kept Kimble.

He is the most grateful and loving dog I have even known.   Kimble has been with me for 3 years now and I hope I have him as long as you had Schoep.


I believe in the "Rainbow Bridge" and he is going to spend his time away from you telling all his new friends how wonderful of a life he had with you.

So don't be too sad.



Jul 19, 2013 10:31AM
im sadden to hear about your loss i express my deepest sympathy for you and i pray that the lord will walk you through this very difficult time. Schoep is not gone nothing is never gone forever memories are what count hes sitting in great bone yard in the sky waiting one knowing one day you'll meet again its not goodbye. goodbye is too final its see ya later until you too meet again one day in the land of the great spirit .
Jul 19, 2013 5:39AM
Such a beautiful friendship. You are very lucky to have had that time with him, and he with you. Sad, but inevitable. LOVED the photo of the two of you in Lake Superior. That epitomizes the love people have for their pets the world over.
Jul 19, 2013 2:39AM
So sorry to read of Schoep's passing.  Your care and devotion to Schoep touched a lot of us.  God Bless You, Mr. Unger.....you are truly an enlightened individual!  RIP, Schoep.
Jul 19, 2013 2:25AM
I have always said that dogs are the only living creatures that have the capability for unconditional love.  This man is an exception.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.  In todays hate filled news headlines it is a warm comfort to hear the story of this man and his beloved dog.  I am sorry for your loss.  What wonderful memories you must have. 
Jul 19, 2013 2:05AM
my heart goes out to you I know how much love you had for your dog as I do mine.
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