Schoep, Lake Superior photo dog, passes away at age 20 - KMSP-TV

Schoep, Lake Superior photo dog, passes away at age 20

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A dog whose photo became an online sensation, touching hearts all over the world, has passed away.

The photo of John Unger and his rescue dog Schoep shows the two floating in the cold water of Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wis. to soothe Schoep's arthritis.

The picture was shared by millions of people last year and spurred people all across the globe to donate money to Schoep's veterinary bills and medical treatments, which Unger said helped him live another year.

Unger announced Thursday on Facebook that Schoep has died at the age of 20.

He left a short message saying "I breathe...but I cannot catch my breath."

You can leave your condolences on Unger's Facebook page at

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