Man and His Best Friend in Lake Superior

Photo: Hannah Stonehouse/Stonehouse Photography

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse took this marvelous photo of her friend John Unger swimming with his dog Schoep, who at 19 years old, now has arthritis and has trouble sleeping. Unger found that the water helps the dog's pain and takes the dog to Lake Superior to lull him to sleep. The photo has gone viral on Facebook, and it's easy to see why.

John Lundy of Duluth News Tribune has the back story of the man and his best friend: Link - via Huffington Post and PetaPixel

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In the photo, both John and Schoep look content. Like most large, older dogs with arthritis, Schoep probably has good days and bad. When the bad days are more numerous than the good, John may have to consider euthanasia. Denying Schoep those remaining good days, so John doesn't have to watch his friend suffer, would be equally selfish. It's a difficult call. Until then, this is a photo (and a story) about love and trust between man and dog.
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Aww, that's devotion. I would do that too if I had a pet that long. I wonder if a doggy waterbed would help...though it probably wouldn't be easy for Shoep to get out of.
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