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One man, one dog, one Facebook photo that has touched thousands of hearts
pioneer press ^ | 8-7-12 | Molly Guthrey

Posted on 08/07/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

photo may be worth 1,000 words, but professional photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson has learned it can also be worth 2.2 million views, 191,162 likes, 108,766 shares and 21,936 comments (and counting) on Facebook.

"My specialty is documenting relationships, whether it's a wedding or a man and his dog," says the Bayfield, Wis., photographer. "I have known my friend John and his dog, Schoep, for six years. I have seen Schoep age -- he's 19 now. 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. I wanted to capture their relationship. I told John, 'I really need to get photos of you and your dog.'

(Excerpt) Read more at twincities.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: animals; dog; doggy; facebook; lake; photo; viral
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1 posted on 08/07/2012 3:48:48 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

I was one of those like and share people....that picture spoke volumes and brought a tear to my eye......thank you for posting and we can share it even more with all of the animal loving FReepers....


2 posted on 08/07/2012 3:51:49 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Joe 6-pack

doggie ping


3 posted on 08/07/2012 3:54:42 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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4 posted on 08/07/2012 3:56:10 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: TurboZamboni

The only word I have is awwwwwwwww.

The tenderness is amazing.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 3:56:34 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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6 posted on 08/07/2012 3:56:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kimmers
you're welcome. that dog has the same look on his face as mine when I held him as the vet put him to sleep.

12 years is pretty old for a Norweigan Elkhound.

(yeah, I cried like a baby)

7 posted on 08/07/2012 3:57:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Great picture. Shows the love...


8 posted on 08/07/2012 3:59:23 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Dang monitor must be going out on me. Got blurry. (*sniff, sniff*)


9 posted on 08/07/2012 4:01:55 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: TurboZamboni

I had to put my two greyhounds down within a year of each other...one was 12, one was 14. My wife and I got the 14 yo a month after we were married. She was literally our first child. Took me 3 years before I could get another greyhound.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 4:03:23 PM PDT by representativerepublic (...loose lips, sink ships)
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To: TurboZamboni

Nothing smells worse than a wet dog. Except a wet hippie.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 4:03:59 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Dang monitor must be going out on me. Got blurry. (*sniff, sniff*)
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12 posted on 08/07/2012 4:05:54 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: BigCinBigD

Yes, but would you smell like a wet hippie, and a wet dog, just to replicate that photo? I would, in a heartbeat.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 4:06:27 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Dang monitor must be going out on me. Got blurry.

Here, too.

14 posted on 08/07/2012 4:06:52 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: SLB

ping


15 posted on 08/07/2012 4:08:22 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Dang monitor must be going out on me. Got blurry. (*sniff, sniff*)
Ditto. What an extraordinary image.
16 posted on 08/07/2012 4:11:53 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’ve had one dog in my life as a boy, until my daughter got a dog and then had to move away for work.

I have the dog now. I swore up and down I wouldn’t have a dog again, the walks, the poop scooping and vets and then the hardest decision...

the dog Tootsie is an amazing canine. Smart, knows what I say, is getting more obedient (she’s almost 4 years old now).

I’ve learned / she’s taught me her vocalizations and what she means now, so we communicate better. She is learning to love her baths and is coming around to toe nail clipping...very slowly.

Tootsie is a rescue from Salt Lake, UT that somehow made her way to Denver as nothing more than skin and bones after having a litter somewhere...

She’s so much improved her muscles and is the second fastest doggie at the dog park, she loves to run and smiles a mile wide.

If you haven’t read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” you should get it asap.

The outside of a dog is good for the inside of a man...Churchill??

G


17 posted on 08/07/2012 4:12:29 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: TurboZamboni
Thanks for the beautiful picture. I may be putting my Jack Russel Terrier down soon, maybe tomorrow. His 2nd eye went blind from glaucoma a month ago and this morning he appeared to have had a stroke. Walking in tight circles and shaking. Even if it wasn't a stroke he isn't adjusting to his blindness like I had hoped he would. His quality of life is zero and I can't bear that life for him.
18 posted on 08/07/2012 4:13:41 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: TurboZamboni

I thought some nut shot that guy on a stoop in New York City thirty years ago?


19 posted on 08/07/2012 4:16:24 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: Ditter

In older dogs there is something called “Vestibular Syndrome” that can mimic the signs of a stroke. It happened to one of my elderly basenji’s. He was fine in a day or so (although it can take longer), the important thing is to keep him hydrated, as the vertigo effect can interfere with them being able to drink.

Hope your pup does better.

FYI, my other basenji (almost 17) went blind some time ago. It seemed to adapt pretty well. Of course you have to adapt too.


20 posted on 08/07/2012 4:20:21 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BigCinBigD

“Nothing smells worse than a wet dog. Except a wet hippie.”

What an idiotic comment! Do you know this guy? Or are you judging him because he has long hair? I’m a retired musician, and have many “long-haired” friends. They’re Country musicians, and are about 90% Conservatives! I had long hair until the baldness started creeping in. The guy may be a “Hippie”,,,, or he may not be. You don’t know! Nor do I! But the love between this man and his “pet,” is palpable,,, whereas, your comment is just dumb!


21 posted on 08/07/2012 4:20:51 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

He may be a hippie, he may not... but I’ll cut a lot of slack for a man who loves his dog that much. Good post.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 4:23:22 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Joe 6-pack

So beautiful, Joe. Thanks for the ping.


23 posted on 08/07/2012 4:24:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BigCinBigD

What a cold-hearted thing to say.

Am I missing your point or are you just trying to be cute?


24 posted on 08/07/2012 4:27:00 PM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: TurboZamboni

We had our eldest dog put to sleep in mid June. He was almost twelve and a half, and we held him in our arms as he passed. The people at Tufts have my never ending thanks for their sensitivity and kindness. We miss him every day.


25 posted on 08/07/2012 4:28:48 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; BigCinBigD

“What an idiotic comment!”

I agree.

Maybe BIG Cindy just doesn’t know what love really is?


26 posted on 08/07/2012 4:36:15 PM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: Ditter
My little darling died a couple of months ago. Still can't get over it. She made me so happy and I loved her so much. What a good girl. I hope they go to heaven and I'll see her again. How could the Lord, Who created love, Who is love, not reward these creatures that exist only to give and receive love?
27 posted on 08/07/2012 4:36:21 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: TurboZamboni

What a loving & sweet photo!!!


28 posted on 08/07/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: Ditter

I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Please keep up updated.

My beautiful beagle was hit by a car in June and I mourn him every single day. I held him but he had died before I got to him and at that moment, I truly felt like I wanted to go to Heaven with him. We will rescue another beagle in memory of him and keep our love for these precious, God given animals continuing.


29 posted on 08/07/2012 4:39:34 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I grew up with Basenji’s We had one a few years ago. He was a rescue and had been badly abused. He knew just how much he could take and he’d push and push us expecting us to beat him. We never did, although we wanted to choke him when he ate the recliner, stole from our neighbors, laid in wait for the old guy next door to come home from the grocery store and way laid him for his sack of milk and ham. Luckily, we lived in the country with understanding neighbors. We finally got a fence.

His name was Ruger but we called him Devil Dog for obvious reasons. He’d attack and kill rattle snakes until one called his bluff. He was so sick I had to feed him with a bottle. After that, he quit pushing so hard and would at least cooperate. The dog trainer said he was a cat in a dog suit. He was killed when one of our neighbors wolves escaped their enclosure. He got too close too close to them and they pulled him through the field fencing, mauled him. He died a couple of days later.

We had another dog that lived for 19 years. Best dog ever. He was just the opposite of Ruger. He was a border collie/shepard mix and was the lovingest, smartest dog. He lived to be 19.

We now have a little min-pin rescue named Howdy. He’s a keeper, for sure. Little dogs get into little trouble and aren’t tall enough to drink from the toilet.


30 posted on 08/07/2012 4:40:09 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: TurboZamboni

bkmk


31 posted on 08/07/2012 4:41:45 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: TurboZamboni; Joe 6-pack

Thank you for the post and ping.


32 posted on 08/07/2012 4:43:09 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Ditter

I’ve been there many times - the final kindness - but I will alwys have dogs. They add so much to our lives.


33 posted on 08/07/2012 4:58:57 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: 1rudeboy
I grew to love the smell of wet dog. My yellow lab Katie and I spent a lot of time on the river in the summers. Once a few of us made a "canoe convoy". We all stopped to camp on an island for the night. I threw up a tarp and put my sleeping bag under it, and Katie dug a bed right beside me.

Just as I was drifting off to sleep, she began barking furiously and ran to the upstream end of the island. She was gone for about 5 minutes, and came back panting. This happened about four more times that night. Don't know if something was actually up there, or the gurgling of the water was making her hear things, but she sure thought she was defending the camp. She kept us all up for most of the night.

Next day, we got up and broke camp. Just as I put the last of the stuff in the canoe, I told Katie to get in.

She walked down the bank, stopped at the edge of the river, looked upstream to where the "disturbance" was, and let out a growling bark, as if to say, "I'll get you next time". She then got in and we went happily down the river.

The worst was the time that she saw my buddies going ashore and she decided the canoe was close enough to shore to get out. Without warning, she bailed over the side and about turned the whole thing over...in fact, the side went so low that I briefly took on water.

I miss that dog.

Photobucket

34 posted on 08/07/2012 5:03:26 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Freedom of speech is delicious. It tastes like chicken.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

One of our collies had that a couple of years ago but recovered completely. We lost him and his brother this past year when they were both over 13, which is pretty old for a collie. We have another collie we got from the shelter but this one is a barker. We’re working on him...


35 posted on 08/07/2012 5:10:48 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; All

Thank you all for your kind words.

My JRT is only 4 1/2 years old. The vet eye specialist said glaucoma is inherited and quite a few terriers of all types have it.

We were considering putting him down anyway if he didn’t adapt to his blindness and so far he is not.

The stroke symptoms seem to have subsided this afternoon, but he stays in his bed sleeping 24 hours a day unless I get him out to potty or eat.

I am having to give him canned food mixed with his dry food to even get him to eat a single bite. He drinks very little water. He is not adjusting (yet) to the new reality.


36 posted on 08/07/2012 5:12:00 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: TurboZamboni

I admit, I cried when I saw this picture on FB. What a beautiful moment.


37 posted on 08/07/2012 5:15:17 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: TurboZamboni

I admit, I cried when I saw this picture on FB. What a beautiful moment.


38 posted on 08/07/2012 5:15:31 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: BigCinBigD

You are too sentimental. ;)


39 posted on 08/07/2012 5:17:24 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: TurboZamboni

I’m putting a dear one to sleep tomorrow. I will be gathered and strengthened by you. Thank you.


40 posted on 08/07/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: lonevoice

Okay, I am crying all over my keyboard now. This is the most touching, tender, loving photos I have ever seen.


41 posted on 08/07/2012 5:28:49 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: xsmommy; tioga; VRWCmember; Texan5

Doglover ping.


42 posted on 08/07/2012 5:31:27 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Ditter

I’m puttin my dear 16 year old BC down tomorrow, dit. It’s ok.
We can handle it.


43 posted on 08/07/2012 5:32:34 PM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: TurboZamboni

My little Yorkie spends a lot of her time on my recliner with me. When I see her sleeping there, I think of her knowing she is loved and cared for. She is sleeping without worry.

And, I think of dogs that don’t have good masters - a dog’s life is in our hands. Dog’s are not “things” - they are thinking creatures who respond to those around them.

I had another Yorkie for 17 years and it was hard when she died of cancer.


44 posted on 08/07/2012 5:39:27 PM PDT by Marcella (PREPARE)
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To: spankalib

I could handle it easier if Hoot was 16 instead of 4 1/2.
I was hoping he would adjust to blindness. The vet said that the optic nerve is only 1/2” from his brain and may be putting pressure on it. I just want to do the right thing for him and seeing an active JRT sleep for 23 1/2 hours a day is just killing me.
But yes, you are right we can handle it.


45 posted on 08/07/2012 5:40:44 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

X 2 on Vestibular Syndrome. There’s also an excellent book called Living With Blind Dogs by Caroline Levin (or Levine) with very helpful information. I understand, though. It helps if you can be right with them most of the time. If not, it can be very hard for them.

Thank you for sharing that photo, TurboZ. I lost it, too, but I love seeing people who are that devoted to their critters. Touching is the right description. It is beautiful.


46 posted on 08/07/2012 5:46:01 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge; All

Thank you, my freeper friends know everything! :)


47 posted on 08/07/2012 6:00:55 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Marcella

Critters almost seem to be fuzzy angels sent to train us and to be dirtbag detectors. When you see someone who treats their pets like crap, you can bank on them being substandard in the human department.

You’ll notice that often your own can sense the heart of strangers too. A long time ago, dog, horse and cat threw their lot in with humanity (Cat said “ahhh, maybe I’ll do evenings if the fire is good”... lol) and they (even cat) are allies and companions to be treated justly.


48 posted on 08/07/2012 6:01:50 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Ditter

lol Oh, I only know enough to get myself in a mess. One of my babies is blind from birth (& she is somethin’!), so I know a little about blind dogs but sadly not so much that can help in your situation. If there are Jack Russell forums (I imagine there are. Or maybe dogster.com), there could be some support & good ideas there, too. A month isn’t very long, really. I have a friend whose Eskie lost at least one eye to glaucoma & by now, he may be blind. I’ll email her & holler at you if she has any suggestions. God Bless you both!


49 posted on 08/07/2012 6:10:30 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: TurboZamboni

OMG!

this is soooo touching..thanks for posting. thanks!


50 posted on 08/07/2012 6:17:20 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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