What was your favourite story of 2012? For me there were a lot however there was one in particular that warmed the cockles of my heart.
If a picture paints a thousand words then none more so than this picture.
It is the story of John and his 19 year old dog Schoep.
“This 19-year-old [Schoep is] being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. 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 temperature of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John [Unger]. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8-month-old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).”
The picture was posted on Facebook and received two million views and over 200,000 “likes.”
“Unger, who worked as a caretaker on the farm, hadn’t been able to afford to pay to treat Schoep. But after Hudson’s photo became an Internet sensation, donations poured in. Schoep clearly is benefiting from laser treatments he’s receiving at Bay Area Animal Hospital in Ashland and the medications prescribed for him there, Unger said.
Schoep is able to pick up a back leg that used to drag, Unger said. The dog recently climbed the steps to Unger’s cottage on his own for the first time in recent memory, although because of Schoep’s blindness, Unger ordinarily still carries him.”
It’s an incredibly touching story. Even now the dog is still alive due to medical procedures paid for by donations which came in after the picture became viral.
That was one of my favourite stories of 2012 because the picture alone displayed the amazing companionship between the dog and it’s owner. You can tell the trust that the dog puts in it’s owner and how it is completely at ease and relaxed. It’s incredible touching and I think it is a great display of the companionship between humans and animals, specifically between animals and dogs.
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