A few days ago, this photo went viral after photographer, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, took this photo of her friend, John and his 19 year old arthritic dog, Schoep. An outpouring of donations, up to $25,000, after Hannah posted the picture on her Facebook page and wrote:
“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. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8-month-old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.”
Because of the public’s generosity, Schoep has been getting expensive joint laser treatments to reduce pain and swelling related to arthritis.