When John Unger had suicidal thoughts after a breakup, it was his dog Shoep who brought him back from the brink. The photo below shows John cradling Shoep in lake Superior to soothe the dog’s arthritis.
Schoep was facing euthanasia because John could not afford his medical bills. But the photo melted hearts across the world. Touched readers felt compelled to send cards, dog treats, messages of support, and money to John and Shoep, resulting in over $25,000 in donations. This has given Shoep a second chance at life.
Schoep is now receiving weekly laser therapy, pain medication and glucosamine – all with encouraging results.