Schoep, Dog at Center of Beloved Internet Photo, Dies at 20

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One of the Internet's most beloved animals has passed away.

Schoep - a dog made famous when a touching picture of him and his owner, John Unger, went viral last summer - died Thursday at the age of 20.

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped the famous image of Unger lying in Lake Superior with his pet because the water was therapeutic for Schoep's arthritis.

In response, thousands of dollars poured in from Web users to help with the canine's ailment.

Schoep Photo

"Schoep and John had an amazing relationship ... I hope that people can give John some space and privacy for now ... he just lost his best friend," Stonehouse Hudson told The Pioneer Press.

Unger himself broke the sad news of Schoep's death on Facebook, writing "I Breathe But I Can't Catch My Breath... Schoep passed yesterday[,] more information in the days ahead."

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So sorry for your loss. Such an amazing pooch.

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It's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet. I read about this guy on Facebook about a year ago. It looks like he made the dogs last years so much better. Sorry for your loss!

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My heart goes out to you as i lost my best friend over two years ago x x

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the dog escaped "Boiling"?

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@ xcberyey

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R.I.P. at the Rainbow Bridge, Schoep.