John and Schoep – Occupy Blogosphere

I realize I’ve posted Occupy Blogosphere today, but I did not want to wait until next week to share this!! 🙂

If you are connected to Facebook, there is a good chance you have seen this photo circulating, “just about” at the speed of light.  The story is heartwarming and personal – not only for John Unger and Shoep, but with the world.

“This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. Shep 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 rightnow, so the temp of the water is perfect.I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).”

To date, the photo from Stonehouse Photography Facebook page has been “liked” over 290,700 times, and “shared” over 174, 000; over 31,000 people have left comments.  This does not count, the shares, likes and comments by those who shared and liked (from their posts).  I noticed it on the page of a friend from Romania.  I followed the breadcrumbs to find the photographer’s page — and I backtracked through at least 3 or 4 other shares to discover the original.  With an multi-animal household, half of which are elderly, and being an animal lover, I have been following the story ever since.

In a short span of time, an article was written for the Duluth News Tribune,, then picked up by The Huffington Post.  Yesterday, Hannah of Stonehouse Photography posted she was fielding calls from CNN and The Weather Channel, and today I found a link to Fox News piece.  John Unger, indicates he is repaying Shoep for saving his life nearly 19+ yrs. ago.  In the midst of the love fest with Shoep and John, anonymous donors enlisted Laser Therapy for Schoep at the Bay Area Animal Hospital in Ashland, Wisconsin.  This treatment is an effort to assist Schoep with pain management.

Hannah, the photographer, indicated she would post additional photos from the session once she returned home.  However, this was before the first photo went viral.  I do not think she has caught her breathe yet.  It is amazing how the spirit continues to unfold.  While she gives her readers permission to use/share the image, she  setup a site to buy a professional quality photos of Schoep and John from Stonehouse Photos.

8-10-12 Update
Video Report Interviews with John Unger, Schoep, and Hannah:

Northland News Center
KARE – 11 News

News Story on Today’s Animal Tracks

New Article in Duluth New Tribune:
“last she (Hannah) checked it was close to 3 million views.”

“Unger said he has heard from people in Hungary, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand and “places I had to look up because I had no idea where they were.”

Aired on Inside Edition

Update on Schoep’s Treatments

Schoep and John’s Facebook Page

Keep up with Schoep’s status and updates with therapy on
Schoep and John’s Facebook Page

Schoep celebrates his 20th Birthday!

Sadly, Schoep crosses over to the Rainbow Bridge at 20 yrs and 1 month.


Sharing with my readers for “Occupy Blogosphere – Thursday”, initiated by Amy of SoulDipper  to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy” … 

For previous Occupy Blogosphere posts:  Blogospheres


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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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18 Responses to John and Schoep – Occupy Blogosphere

  1. Dina says:

    A big doglover me, I’m on Facebook and I know and l♥ve the story. It’s unique. The first photo communicate without words. Thanks for filling them in.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Love Dina ♥


  2. Well Becca, I don’t know how I missed that story at first place but thanks to your new post for SWS I know all about John and Schoep now.
    Take good care


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  4. Carol Ross says:

    I had already seen this on fb but thanks so much for following the breadcrumbs and getting us more information!


    • becca givens says:

      Carol — I continue to follow Schoep on a regular basis. He is doing remarkably well … astonishing. John keeps us updated with this progress, activities, and photos. He is a precious and loving pup … John has created a Legacy to provide assistance to other animal companions in need. It is quite remarkable how the world responded and continues to respond. Schoep and John have provided beacons for so many who had given up hope on humanity. Divine guidance … I am convinced.


  5. Raven says:

    I follow them on FB, thanks to you Becca!


  6. wightrabbit says:

    I have seen this several times on Facebook, Becca ~ a lovely, heartwarming story, as you say. I’m impressed at your ‘breadcrumb following’ and the new information about Shoep that you’ve brought to us. Amazing! What struck me first about your account is the unbelievable power of the Internet and social media ~ we just never know who is picking up our little shots of positivity, how far our ‘Occupy’ movement reaches out. Thank you for a great post, and for your lovely comments on mine! 🙂


  7. tigerbrite says:

    Just love that top photo 🙂 So heartwarming.


  8. Touching story … I had read it on Facebook.
    A wonderful fur Dad.


  9. dani says:

    wonderful, becca! made me tear up though missing my Jazz. {smile}
    i hope all is well with you, sweetheart!


  10. wightrabbit says:

    A lovely, heartwarming story, Becca, I hadn’t seen it before. Thanks for posting it this week! 🙂


  11. souldipper says:

    Thanks for a great addition,Becca – you have put this under the May 31 Occupy. Is that the one you want?


  12. Becca, this is a remarkable share. Thank you so much. 19 years old for a dog that big. So heart warming. Thank you


  13. I had not seen this before so I am very glad you decided to share it now and not next week! Hugs, Barbara


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