Photo Of Man Taking Arthritic Dog For Swim Touches Hearts Of Millions

A photograph of a 19-year-old arthritic dog taking a relaxing dip in Lake Superior has captured the hearts of millions online.

The image was posted to Facebook by photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who wrote: “This 19-year-old [Schoep is] being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. 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 temperature of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John [Unger]. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8-month-old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).”

The photo, first posted last week, has been viewed more than 2 million times and has received more than 200,000 “likes” from Facebook users. In the picture, the dog appears to be asleep while being cradled in Unger’s arms as the two wade in the lake.


“John lives his life in a kind way. He rescued this dog as a puppy, they have gone everywhere together ever since. Schoep has arthritis now, and John finds that the water is therapeutic. He is the kind of person who wants his animals to be comfortable…” Hudson told the Pioneer Press.

After a busy week shooting wedding photos, Hudson says she was shocked at how quickly the photograph grew in popularity. Hudson is selling prints of the photo, “John & Schoep,” on her website and says she’ll donate a percentage of the sales to help pay for Schoep’s veterinarian bills.

Now, ain’t that photo just heartwarming? How about you — how do you take care of your pets? Share your most touching pet stories with us!

Source: Yahoo News
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Happy Ending For Hope: Tortured Texas Dog Adopted

Hope, the dog found brutally tortured in Texas last week, has a new home. According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the pug mix has been adopted by the family whose ranch she was first spotted wandering on.

Charlie and Kit Moncrief have agreed to adopt Hope, who continues to recover from what the Dallas Morning News described as “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever reported in the county.” Hope was found dehydrated, her mouth sealed shut with electrical tape and her tongue protruding. She had five large cuts that took more than 100 stitches to close.

Veterinarians at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital say that Hope, who is estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, will make a full recovery, though she may need part of her tongue removed.


Hope’s story, coming the same week as a dog was put to sleep in Northern Ireland for looking like a pit bull, garnered worldwide media attention–and more than $35,000 offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said they have investigated several leads but are still seeking the suspect or suspects involved.

“This is the bottom line,” Fowler added. “If they will torture a defenseless creature, what else are they capable of? We need to find the person(s) responsible for this.”

Are you happy that Hope is finally headed to a new and loving home after the ordeal she endured? Do you know of other stories similar to this one? Share them with us to inspire change in others!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: NBC DFW