Schoep the dog has died. He was 20 years old, and lived a great life. The dog died yesterday, according to owner John Unger of Bayfield, Wisc., who promises more details in the days ahead on his Facebook page.
You may recall him from last summer’s viral image:
John Unger found the dog in a shelter 19 years ago but by last year he suffered from arthritis. Unger found that Lake Superior helped Schoep to relax and fall asleep.
At the time Unger asked photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson to take the picture, he thought it might be the last time the two of them would be in the lake.
It wasn’t. In fact Schoep took a dip in the lake on Sunday, according to Schoep and John’s Facebook page.
Last month, Schoep celebrated his 20th birthday, with — apparently — hundreds of cards sent by Facebook fans.
After the original picture raced across the Internet, people donated thousands of dollars to help with medical expenses.