“Sorry, I’ve been away for several days due to ongoing health problems! I did posts as & when I could, but could never finish them in their entirety, due to pain!! So many posts are not in the date order they should be, & it’s going to get worse, before it get’s better, hence several posts at once! For new followers, please bear with me, I’m waiting on having a morphine pump fitted, to ease my pain; which should enable me to post daily again…fingers crossed!! So please excuse any mistakes, pain affects my ability to notice errors, due to lack of concentration etc.!!”
“It was with great sadness that I came back, to find out Schoep had passed away; even though I didn’t know them personally, his passing, broke my heart! He was indeed a special dog with my kind of very special owner, prepared to do anything to help ease his best friends pain. I followed his story when I first saw a video of John in the water with Schoep; floating, asleep in Johns arms! I hope John finds peace in the knowledge that Schoep’s legacy can help many more dogs & that Schoep is now at peace; due to Johns special care! R.I.P dear Schoep, you will surely be missed by many. But now you can run, free from pain, through the tall grass, jump fallen trees & swim in crystal clear waters; just over Rainbow Bridge”!
Only a month ago we celebrated Schoep’s twentieth birthday. Sadly on Wednesday Schoep passed away.
Over 187,000 people follow Schoep and John on their Facebook page, captivated by the love the two had for each other.
On Thursday John posted “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath…Schoep passed yesterday.”
Schoep and John’s story has had a significant impact on many. When the picture and their story went viral donations started pouring in from all over the world.
More than enough money came in to give Schoep the best possible care for his arthritis.
John and Schoep’s veterinarian, Erik Haukass, decided to use the rest of the money to help others. They created Schoep’s Legacy Foundation.
The foundation’s goal is to help low-income families care for their animals. To date the foundation has raised over $25,000.
“It could help another 30 or 40 Schoeps,” said Haukass.
Schoep will be missed by his many fans, and most importantly by John, his best friend of 20 years.
Schoep, The Dog Whose Internet Photo Touched Millions, Dies :(((((((
Published on 19 Jul 2013
The world is mourning with a man who lost his dog Wednesday.
John Unger and his elderly dog, Schoep, became Internet celebrities last summer because of Bayfield, Wis., photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson’s photograph of the pair in the waters of Lake Superior. Unger took Schoep into the lake regularly to ease the discomfort of the dog’s arthritis.
People from Texas to Japan to Slovakia gave money to help pay Schoep’s veterinary bills, medications and laser treatments.
It gave the faithful companions another year together.
Schoep turned 20 on June 15. He died 26 days later. On Thursday, a photo of a paw print in the sand was posted on the Official Fan Page of Schoep and John on Facebook.