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'He saved MY life... I just want to help him in return' (Story behind the amazing dog photo)
(UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 10, 2012 | Emily Anne Epstein

Posted on 08/10/2012 5:11:41 PM PDT by Zakeet

Original Headline: 'He saved MY life... I just want to help him in return': Owner of sick dog whose picture touched the nation's hearts reveals how loyal companion stopped him from suicide

The man pictured lulling his arthritic dog to sleep in Lake Superior has revealed that his dog Schoep saved him from the brink of suicide.

John Unger, 49, adopted the dog with his ex-fiancée 19 years ago, but after the relationship ended, Mr Unger fought a desperate despair.

The companionship of his trusty rescue dog gave Mr Unger the courage to go on, saying : 'I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me. I just want to do whatever I can for this dog.'

The water soothes the animal's pain, Mr Unger said, allowing him to sleep.

Mr Unger's good friend Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who is a professional photographer, captured the heartbreaking moment between the man and his aging rescue dog in Wisconsin when Mr Unger thought his best friend was at the end of his life.

But thanks to the generosity of strangers, the MailOnline can reveal that thousands of dollars have been donated to Schoep's medical care, allowing the pair more time together than they ever imagined.

‘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 temp of the water is perfect,' the photographer explained.

The story behind the special relationship behind this man, who works as a caretaker on a farm outside of Bayfield, and his dog is just as touching as the moment on the Lake.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: dog; love

Several more photographs and lots more information in the article

1 posted on 08/10/2012 5:11:45 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Yikes, Lake Superior is cold.


2 posted on 08/10/2012 5:16:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
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3 posted on 08/10/2012 5:18:42 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Zakeet

This photographer, Hannah Stonehouse, is a dear friend of my cousin, Jeff Rennicke, who is also a fantastic nature photographer. They live in the same area of Northern Wisconsin....lots to photograph up there!!!


4 posted on 08/10/2012 5:23:33 PM PDT by soozla (The "race card" belongs flapping in your bike spokes........)
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To: Zakeet

It’s a nice picture. Hardly “amazing”, though.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 5:23:55 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: cripplecreek

That may be but I would brave it to help my best friend as well


6 posted on 08/10/2012 5:30:47 PM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I think it’s amazing.


7 posted on 08/10/2012 5:31:15 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Psycho_Bunny

It’s a nice picture. Hardly “amazing”, though.


That the dog trusts him enough to fall asleep in the water and trusts his buddy not to let him drown isn’t amazing?


8 posted on 08/10/2012 5:31:53 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Zakeet

A beautiful, touching story. Dogs have the power to save lives indeed. *sniffs*


9 posted on 08/10/2012 5:32:19 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: Zakeet

Keep that dog away from police.


10 posted on 08/10/2012 5:53:39 PM PDT by Principled (Vote Romney to stop Obama. Vote for conservative Reps and Senators to stop Romney. [ZET 7/30/12])
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To: chessplayer

Honestly, I consider that par for the course. When there’s a relationship between a man and his dog that isn’t like that, one of them usually has a problem.

I never trust a man who doesn’t like, or is unable to befriend, dogs.


11 posted on 08/10/2012 5:56:46 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
It’s a nice picture. Hardly “amazing”, though.

Amazing is in the eye of the beholder.

12 posted on 08/10/2012 5:58:40 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“I never trust a man who doesn’t like, or is unable to befriend, dogs.”

I’ve believed and used this standard many times during the last 70 years.

No Regrets.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 6:06:58 PM PDT by tweakDU (Someday karma will run over leftist dogma.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Your comment should go in the “You can’t make this arrogant stuff up” file.

Guess you just don’t “get it”..I now feel sorry for you.


14 posted on 08/10/2012 6:11:08 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Psycho_Bunny

i think now I understand what you meant..maybe.

i would say it is an Amazing photo, but not “unusual “ for a human that loves dogs.


15 posted on 08/10/2012 6:13:20 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: mlizzy

Mine saved me. I was speeding home at 2am. I was tired from hiking 15 miles. I drank a beer to take the edge off. The dog was awake beside me why i don’t know because the other two were asleep. All at once the dog sat up straight and leaned forward. I got off the gas and on the brake just in time to avoid hitting a herd of deer in the middle of the road


16 posted on 08/10/2012 6:37:30 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Zakeet
That's beautiful, amazing that so much is said with just a picture.

The other night I watched Jesse Stone say goodbye to his boy Buddy and absolutely lost it and now one look at this picture and it's the same thing all over again.

I was once told that real men weren't supposed to lose it like that over a dog, but if that's the case, then I'll gladly be the exception to the rule.

I can't help it and don't want to. Those silly, fuzzy goofs sure do get into one's heart.

We're not worthy, God. Not one bit, but thank you for blessing us with them anyway.

Cops shouldn't shoot dogs.

17 posted on 08/10/2012 6:39:29 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Ya. You got it. I think it’s a great photo but not amazing.

The last picture I saw of a dog that amazed me was the one of the dog that walked into his owners memorial service (a soldier killed in action), laid down at the foot of the casket and stayed there until he was led away after the service was over.

That picture was amazing.


18 posted on 08/10/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: Mears

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 08/10/2012 6:53:59 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Zakeet
You know what's sad about this? Not this story; it's heartwarming. No, what's sad is that I went to the Daily Mail website to read the full story and happened to see a report about Taylor Swift having a new boyfriend, Conor Kennedy. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s son. (his mother is the one who recently committed suicide)

The report also mentioned that Taylor's parents are getting a divorce. Sad, sad, sad. How is she going to remain a good, Christian young woman if she's hanging around with the icky Kennedys? Taylor told Vogue earlier this year that she's a great admirer of the Kennedy clan, describing the moment she met Ethel Kennedy as 'the only time in my life I have ever been starstruck.'

20 posted on 08/10/2012 6:58:17 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Zakeet

I get so teary eyed reading this article. Tears of joy.


21 posted on 08/10/2012 7:03:11 PM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny; Recovering Ex-hippie
The last picture I saw of a dog that amazed me was the one of the dog that walked into his owners memorial service (a soldier killed in action), laid down at the foot of the casket and stayed there until he was led away after the service was over.

That picture was amazing.

Check out this thread: Most Powerful Photographs Of All Time From Around The World

22 posted on 08/10/2012 7:08:19 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: soozla

My FIL had an aging Springer Spaniel with pretty bad arthritis; he used to put a can of beer in her dish in the evening to help her get to sleep.


23 posted on 08/10/2012 7:47:28 PM PDT by HKMk23 (GOPe 2012: MITT HAPPENS)
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To: cripplecreek

I would think it’d depend where on Superior you’re at.

We boated on a large lake to a long, thin strip of land right in the middle of it. The strip of land couldn’t be more than 15 feet wide. On one side the water was frigid cold, hard to tolerate for more than a few minutes. The other side was like bathwater.


24 posted on 08/10/2012 7:58:30 PM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Zakeet

bfl


25 posted on 08/10/2012 8:29:21 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Zakeet

Geez, you can give dogs glucosamine and MSM to help with arthritis issues. You have to find the proper dose that works for each particular dog, but it can really help. Any vet could also give the guy some oral pain meds to make life easier for his pup too. Hell a baby aspirin could probably help with a little pain relief and inflammation.


26 posted on 08/10/2012 11:21:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: GBA

Women cry at just about anything, and often nothing at all.

Men cry when they lose something of great value or closeness to them. Jobs, wives, kids, and loyal, loved pets are acceptable. Sometimes cars.


27 posted on 08/10/2012 11:24:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Zakeet

Thanks for posting.


28 posted on 08/10/2012 11:38:55 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Secret Agent Man

You should read the whole article.


29 posted on 08/11/2012 6:17:57 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: Zakeet

Last night’s local news (WI) had this story on, with lots of video. Anyone who watched it must have had tears in their eyes by the end of the story. Very moving, especially for those of us who have had a very eldery dog (my 14.5 year old dobie was who I was thinking of, now gone for 5 years).


30 posted on 08/11/2012 8:53:48 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (O.M.G. Obummer Must Go / LUV my GOV Scott Walker)
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To: Zakeet

Wow. This story really makes me tear up. Dogs will only break your heart once.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 12:10:10 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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