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Schoep, the dog whose Internet photo touched millions, dies
St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 7/18/13

Posted on 07/18/2013 6:01:10 PM PDT by rhema

Schoep, the aged Bayfield, Wis., dog whose photo traveled around the world via the Internet, has passed away. He was 20 and had just marked a birthday last month.

"Schoep passed yesterday," John Unger, Schoep's owner, announced on Facebook on Thursday. "More info in the days ahead."

Unger and Schoep became Internet celebrities last summer because of Bayfield photographer Hannah Hudson's tender photograph of the pair in the waters of Lake Superior. Unger took Schoep into the chilly lake to ease the discomfort of the dog's arthritis.

Hudson captured the image July 30 and posted it the next evening on her Facebook page. Within four days it had 1.8 million views.

Gifts and monetary support poured in for Unger. That enabled him to get needed veterinary care for Schoep, a shepherd mix who was also blind and hard of hearing.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: johnunger; schoep

1 posted on 07/18/2013 6:01:11 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

In this case, good. Schoep is no longer suffering. And he lived his life knowing he was loved beyond words. We should all be so lucky.


3 posted on 07/18/2013 6:07:23 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: rhema

Today Schoep is pain free, his eyes are clear and he can hear the whispering wind once more, yes I believe there is a place in heaven for our canine friends because I have several very good dogs waiting for me to come home.


4 posted on 07/18/2013 6:12:45 PM PDT by The Louiswu (One brave man, that's all we need.)
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To: null and void

Godspeed Schoep.


5 posted on 07/18/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: The Louiswu
Yep.

The Hunt

6 posted on 07/18/2013 6:18:52 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: rhema

Precious pup


7 posted on 07/18/2013 6:20:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rhema

AWWWWWWWWWW

pretty doggie


8 posted on 07/18/2013 6:25:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: null and void

Unconditional love. You can literally see it in that photo. It’s beautiful.


11 posted on 07/18/2013 6:37:10 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: rhema

Thank you for posting this...have followed John and Schoep on Facebook ever since this magical photo appeared.


12 posted on 07/18/2013 6:54:49 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: The Louiswu

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


13 posted on 07/18/2013 6:56:55 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: The Louiswu

Yes....exactly what you said.

The love in this photo speaks volumes and moves me to tears every time I see it.


14 posted on 07/18/2013 6:57:46 PM PDT by txmissy
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To: Red in Blue PA

You said it as well as anybody good.

Godspeed Schoep.


15 posted on 07/18/2013 7:13:48 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

Sorry, meant “as well as anybody could.”


16 posted on 07/18/2013 7:14:10 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: null and void

Best Twilight Zone episode ever!


17 posted on 07/18/2013 8:14:49 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: rhema

Dogs are wonderful, aren’t they? That God should give man such a faithful companion with such a short life (although in Schoep’s case, 20-years is WAY more than most could hope for!)... they teach us how to mourn.


18 posted on 07/18/2013 8:32:18 PM PDT by Corpus_Delicious
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To: rhema

Ir’s touching, but am I the only one who thought John Lennon was dead?


19 posted on 07/18/2013 8:32:18 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: The Louiswu

The Bible says our pets are in Heaven. Read Romans 8:18-21.


20 posted on 07/18/2013 8:36:55 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: rhema

God grant you all the rewards due you in Heaven Schoep, and Bless your earthly Master in every way possible for his love of you.


21 posted on 07/18/2013 8:38:08 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: bimboeruption

As well as Isaiah 11:6-9.


22 posted on 07/18/2013 10:34:26 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: null and void
Schoep is no longer suffering

Crossing Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

*Author Unknown*

23 posted on 07/19/2013 6:46:30 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: The Louiswu

Waiting for John at the Rainbow Bridge (http://rainbowbridge.org/).

“Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge...

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

THEN YOU CROSS RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER... “


24 posted on 07/19/2013 9:55:39 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: sushiman; MosesKnows

Rainbow Bridge. . .apparently we share the same belief. . .


25 posted on 07/19/2013 9:57:13 AM PDT by Hulka
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