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Schoep, The Arthritic Dog Made Famous In Viral Photo, Dies at Age 20

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  1. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    The image, which was posted to Facebook last August, helped raise money for the elderly dog's veterinary bills


    Animals can become viral stars for any number of reasons: a hilariously grumpy face, an exquisite fashion sense or even just a ridiculous amount of cuteness.
    But Schoep, the German Shepherd mix who just died at age 20 on Wednesday, owed his internet fame to a photograph taken last summer.


    The original image, captured by photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, featured the dog and his owner, John Unger, sharing a peaceful moment in Lake Superior.
    As the Pioneer Press reports, Unger, of Bayfield, Wisc., began taking his then 19-year-old pet into the water to help soothe the dog?s joint pain from arthritis.
    The buoyancy of the water, he found, helped lull Schoep to sleep.

    The touching image soon swept across the web, after it was posted on Facebook turning Schoep into a canine celebrity.

    The original photo has been shared more than 214,000 times over the past year and helped raise funds for the elderly dog?s care.
    Animal lovers from across the globe donated more than $25,000 to cover veterinary bills, laser eye treatments and medications not just for Schoep,
    but for other aging dogs from low-income families in need of special care as well.


    But unfortunately, just a month after celebrating his 20th birthday, Schoep has passed away.

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    OP saw this the other day - sad story - thanks for the share...
     
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    :(Ops SO SAd!
     
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    R.I.P Schoep
     
  5. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Thanks for post. (Thanks button broken at the moment lol)
    Yes Pete, sad story for sure.
    I was surprised no one in BHW had posted it, and members could see the difference between
    the value of getting a real viral photo and a fake photo fail....
    besides the emotional attachment of course.

    All Dogs Do Go To Heaven I guess.