UPDATE: Schoep Dies at age 20

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Fri 11:01 AM, Jul 19, 2013

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- An aging dog whose restful repose in Lake Superior while in the arms of his owner captured widespread attention has died.

Schoep and owner John Unger, of Bayfield, became Internet celebrities last summer after a photographer captured the two relaxing in the soothing water. Schoep, who was arthritic, blind and hard of hearing, rested his head peacefully on Unger's shoulder.

Within four days of posting the photo on Facebook, it had 1.8 million views.

Unger said on the Facebook page he shares with Schoep that the 20-year-old dog died on Wednesday. News of the dog's death generated nearly 19,000 comments as of Friday morning.

UPDATE: Mon 11:09 AM, Jun 17, 2013

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- An elderly dog depicted in a photo that gained widespread acclaim online has turned 20.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the shepherd mix named Schoep spent a quiet birthday Saturday. He received more than 1,000 cards wishing him well.

Schoep and owner John Unger, of Bayfield, became Internet celebrities last summer because of Bayfield photographer Hannah Hudson's tender photograph of the pair in the soothing cool waters of Lake Superior. Hudson took it July 30 and posted it the next evening on Facebook. Within four days it had 1.8 million views.

Gifts and money poured in, enabling Unger to get the veterinary care needed for Schoep, who's arthritic, blind and hard of hearing.

Under says Schoep has good days and bad, but his condition has basically stayed the same.

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