Schoep, Famous Arthritic Dog, Dies At Age 20 — So Sad

Fri, July 19, 2013 11:46am EST by 8 Comments
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The dog, who became an internet sensation after a picture of his owner soothing him in Lake Superior went viral, has passed away.

Schoep — the famous arthritic dog, whose picture with owner John Unger in Lake Superior touched the hearts of millions last year — passed away on July 18, nearly a month after his 20th birthday.

Famous Dog Schoep Dies On July 18

Schoep’s owner and best friend John announced his pet’s death on Facebook on July 18. John posted a photograph of Schoep’s paw in the sand with the caption: “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath…Schoep passed away yesterday…more information in the days ahead.”

The famous German Shepherd had recently celebrated his 20th birthday on June 15.

Schoep and John first became a worldwide sensation when a photographer captured John cradling an arthritic-stricken Schoep while he slept in Lake Superior. John could not afford costly treatments, so he asked a friend to take one last picture of them together.

The photo instantly went viral and captured the hearts of millions around the world. Dozens of online donations began pouring in for Schoep ,which enabled John to afford treatments that could help Schoep’s painful arthritis.

On July 15, John posted an upbeat update about Schoep on his Facebook page:

A fantastic day we had. Up early to walk and go to the beach, eat, nap, go shopping, eat, laundry, go to the beach, eat, nap and one more walk. All without the humidity, thats what made it fantastic – especially for Schoep! (pic) Schoep falling asleep in the sunshine. Have a great night – John

It’s always tough to lose a pet, especially when they’re your best friend. Our condolences go out to John on the loss of Schoep.

— Avery Thompson

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