John Unger and his 19-year-old dog Schoep from Bayfield, Wisconsin have stolen many hearts with one photograph taken by Hannah Hudson. John rescued Schoep when he was just 8 weeks old and the two have been best friends since. Schoep now suffers from severe arthritis in his legs and it hurts so bad that Schoep cannot sleep, but John has figured out a way to ease his best friend’s pain. John takes Schoep to the waters of Lake Superior and holds him until he falls asleep, sometimes the two stay in the water for hours. Hannah Hudson snapped a picture of the two and after sharing the picture on Facebook it has been liked over 300,000 times and shared more than 200,000 times. Since the image went viral John has received enough donations to treat Schoeps arthritis.

John Unger adopted his dog, Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior everyday and lulls him to sleep.

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photography and a friend of Unger’s, decided to capture the relationship between the man and his dog down by the water.

“Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures,” says Hudson. (x)

John Unger & ‘Schoep the dog 

For those of you who didn’t log in to Facebook yesterday, you may have missed this heartmelting photo of Wisconsin resident John Unger and his 19-year-old rescue dog, Schoep. The photo shows Unger holding the dog, who is riddled with arthritis, as he wades in Lake Superior. Unger apparently discovered that this was the one and only action that seemed to lull the dog to sleep and ease his aching muscles. Now, it has become a nightly ritual.

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is the photographer who captured the moment, which she says is completely unstaged, and one she says tells an amazing story.

“The purpose for me … was I just wanted to help a friend capture a moment [with] his dog. I know he loves Schoep very, very much, and I wanted to do that as a favor to a friend and fellow dog-lover.”

Unger rescued Schoep when he was only eight weeks old and says the nightly routine is the least he can do to pay the dog back for “saving his life” one night many years ago.

Of that night, Unger said, “To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me that night. He just snapped me out of it […] I just want to do whatever I can for this dog…”

Don’t know if any of you heard, but I know many of you heard of the man who took his dog into the lake every night to soothe his muscle and joint pains due to the dogs arthritis.
The dog’s name is Schoep and sadly has passed away, a month after his 20th birthday.
The man, John Unger, had an unconditional love for his dog. This post is dedicated to him and his wonderful dog. Losing a friend is so hard, but we’re all here for you.

John Unger, Man In Heart-Wrenching Photo With His Dog Schoep, Adopts New Pup

No dog will ever replace Schoep.The adorable, arthritic dog became an Internet sensation in 2013 when photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudsonsnapped a photo of Schoep and his human, John Unger, embracing in the waters of Lake Superior. Unger regularly waded in the water with Schoep to relieve the aging pooch’s arthritis.

O müthiş bağ..

ABD’nin Wisconsin eyaletinde yaşayan John Unger henüz yavruyken evine aldığı köpeği Schroep hastalanınca tüm insanlara örnek olacak bir davranış sergiledi. 

19 yıldır köpeğinden bir an olsun ayrılmayan, eklem iltihabı olan Schroep’ın ağrılarını dindirmek için onunla her akşam göle giren Unger İngiliz Daily Mail gazetesine konuşarak şunları söyledi: 

“Onu 8 aylıkken kendisine eziyet eden sahibinin elinden kurtardım. Depresyonda olduğum bir dönemde intihar girişiminde bulundum. Schroep o günlerde hayatımı kurtardı. Bu köpek için herşeyi yaparım.”

Bu anı fotoğraflayan Hudson ise profilinde paylaştığı fotoğrafın altına şunları ekledi:  

“Göl bu mevsimde durgun. Suyun derecesi de Shep’in ağrıyan kemiklerine iyi geliyor. Shep sadece suda uyuyabiliyor. 

İnsanlar bu fotoğrafa baktıklarında saf sevgiyi, inceliği ve insanlarla köpekler arasındaki bağı gördüklerini söylüyor.”

John Unger adopted his dog Schoep when he was a puppy.Today Schoep is 19 years old and has Arthritis. He’s in pain and can’t sleep. His owner, John, trying to find a solution to his pain, discovered that the water from the lake helps relax Schoep so every night he takes his dog Schoep for a swim in the lake so he can get some sleep.The photo was captured by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. She wanted to portray the unlimited love this owner has for his dog. This photo has been viewed by millions

John Unger often wades in the waters of Lake Superior, cradling his sick dog Schoep to help ease its arthritis pain. The touching photo of the sick 19-year-old dog and his best friend have attracted millions of views online and likely more than a tear or two from dog lovers. Schoep is named after a popular Wisconsin ice cream shop.


“O cachorro Schoep tinha artrite, e sofria de fortes dores nas juntas; seu dono, John Unger, com pena do companheiro, levava-o frequentemente a um lago com águas geladas que ajudavam a aliviar as dores do animal. John passava horas segurando Schoep nos braços, flutuando com ele na água onde o cachorro conseguia ter mais paz e dormir. Infelizmente, Schoep veio a falecer esta última semana, conforme John anunciou na sua página oficial, "Eu respiro mas estou sem ar”. Schoep se foi, mas a foto (que sensibilizou milhares de pessoas que fizeram doações para tratamentos para aliviar a artrite dele) que mostra John segurando-o nos braços na água gelada para amenizar a dor do amigo ficou eternizada como símbolo da conexão e amizade que pode haver entre o homem e os animais.“