Schoep and John – A Dog Gone But Not Forgotten
Schoep and John
Some of you may remember the touching image of a man, John Unger, and his dog, Schoep, floating in Lake Superior that made it’s rounds on Facebook last year. John would often take his friend into the water and float with him to let the cool water relieve his joints. This loving devotion to his canine friend was captured by a photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson of Stonehouse Photography and the photo quickly became viral.
After the photo was posted well wishes along with donations came in that allowed Schoep to receive treatments to ease his arthritis. Those who followed the Facebook page saw that Schoep became more responsive and grew a little healthier.
Time waits for no man or dog however and yesterday July 17th Schoep passed away. John posted “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath… Schoep passed yesterday more information in the days ahead” on Schoep’s and his Facebook page
June 15th 2013 had marked Schoep’s 20th birthday and his Facebook page is filled with an abundance of supportive comments from well wishers. You can even see a photo of him enjoy his birthday cards. Schoep was lucky to have such a caring owner. Many older dogs are left by the wayside but not Schoep. John wanted Schoep to experience everything in life he could. This included the trips to the lake, walking trails and generally showing much affection. Please take the time to visit their Facebook page and read the story from the beginning.
You can pay your respects as this has to be a difficult time for John. I hope the caring comments let him know he is not alone in his grief. Any caring dog owner will tell you the loss of a canine feels no different to their heart than losing a loved one. Please if you have an older dog let this story remind you of the love you have had since he or she was a puppy till now. Go give your older friend some attention, put aside a little time each day to spend with him or her. An older dog is still just a puppy inside. Don’t put them aside just because they can’t run and play.