A 20yo Dog Whose Life is Shortening is Taken Swimming in the Lake by His Owner Until the Dog Falls Asleep in His Arms

There’s never a bad word said about a dog, is there?
Often we have to say goodbye to our pets, but sometimes pets have to say goodbye to us. A man has shared an intimate moment with a beloved dog who was (ᴅʏɪɴɢ) ill.

John Unger, a man from Wisconsin, USA, adopted a stray dog, Schoep when he was just 8 months old. Schoep grew up until he turned 20 years old. He grew very old, and his life was not getting any longer. His owner was preparing for the inevitable.

John lived with Schoep for 19 years. However, Schoep had long suffered from (ᴀʀᴛʜʀɪᴛɪs) which made it hard to swim or even walk. The vet suggested putting the dog to sleep, but John didn’t agree. So, Unger would just hold Schoep on his chest in the water, sometimes for hours.

“He was my life,” Unger said.

To relieve Schoep’s joint pains, John took him to the lake to relieve the pressure on his joints and muscles. Sometimes, because the flow of water was too comfortable, Schoep would often fall asleep in his owner’s arms.

Unger and his dog Schoep became an internet sensation three years ago after photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped a sweet moment of them on Lake Superior.
This heart warming photo was uploaded it on the internet, which immediately sparked a heated discussion and touched many netizens.

But in 2013, Schoep (ᴅɪᴇᴅ)!

At first, John met Schoep at a difficult time in his life. At that time, John promised to treat Schoep well, and finally, John fulfilled his promise. In the last few years of Schoep’s life, John took care of him as best he could, looking after him, holding him, and reluctant to leave him. John was by his side at all times.