Love me, love my dog
A tale of a man and his dog is always heartwarming... even more so when it's a man taking his 19-year-old arthritic dog for a dip. This heartwarming image was posted to Facebook by photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson.
Hudson 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."
She adds, "I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John [Unger]. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an eight-month-old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures :)."
The picture has been viewed more than two million times and received more than 200,000 "likes" from Facebook users. "My specialty is documenting relationships, whether it's a wedding or a man and his dog," Hudson told the Pioneer Press.
"John lives his life in a kind way. He rescued this dog as a puppy, they have gone everywhere together ever since. Schoep has arthritis now, and John finds that the water is therapeutic. He is the kind of person who wants his animals to be comfortable. I wanted to capture their relationship. I told John, 'I really need to get photos of you and your dog.'"
"John lives for this dog and for the dog's comfort," she told The Huffington Post in an other interview. "I want people to identify with this photo and remember a time when they felt safe, loved and cared for," Hudson said.
"Then I want them to channel those feelings and pay it forward! There is way too much negativity in this world—maybe with this one photo we can start to change things just a tiny bit," she added.
"I know this is not about me—it's about a guy who loves his dog—but I am in complete awe that my photo has had such an impact," says Hudson. Hudson is selling prints of the photo, "John & Schoep", on her website and says she'll donate a percentage of the sales to help pay for Schoep's veterinarian bills.
Image: Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
Published: 9th August 2012