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

 He lived a good life

John Unger, a person 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 wasn't getting any more . His owner was preparing for the inevitable.




John lived with Schoep for 19 years. However, Schoep had long suffered from arthritis and was paralyzed. The vet suggested putting the dog to sleep, but John didn’t agree.


In the previous couple of years of Schoep’s life, John took care of him as best he could, taking care of him, holding him, and reluctant to go away him. John was by his side in the least times.





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



This heartwarming photo was taken by John’s friend, Hannah, a photographer who uploaded it on the web , which immediately sparked a heated discussion and touched many netizens.




But in 2013, Schoep has died!


At first, John met Schoep at a difficult time in his life. At that point , John promised to treat Schoep well, and eventually , John fulfilled his promise.



Even when Schoep was close to die, John was still trying to form him survive, insisting on always accompanying him to the foremost joyous moments in his life.



In 2015, John finally came out of his grief of losing Schoep and brought during a new member of the family, Xiong. As soon as this news spread, many netizens were delighted!




Many netizens are happy that John has finally started his life cheerfully again and is willing to open his heart to a replacement dog.



Share the story of this warm friendship and send your prayers for Schoep, who is asleep in Heaven.



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  1. Sad to see such selfish human behavior. The dog was suffering for years. No quality of life. The greatest gift a human can give a pet is knowing when to let go. BEFORE their pain is unbearable. We vets see this all the time.

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    1. You don't know that! If he had that much love, as we do our animals you do whatever it takes and what the animal enjoys, especially in their final hours! Don't judge others about their animals as I have found old animals wondering our neighborhood looking for their parents because it now runs around $150-$200 to have the service down! Our Vet also provides a service which they will cremate and have a nice canister with name dates ect which we have been doing for the last 30 years. We are in our 70's now and in our wills the canisters will be buried with us! Everyone has their own way to spend their late moments with their best friends so who are you to judge! Better than throwing them out on the side of the road because you don't want to be bothered! It happens! Not judging just everyone deals with losing a pet, differently!

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  2. How nice of you to point out.

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  3. Norman, I think you missed the point here. To take such a heart warming story and turn it around like that is sad. I don't know who I feel sorrier for - this wonderful owner or you.

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    1. Just look at his name lazybones...it's NormanBates

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  4. I hate how the writer put "replacement dog"

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  5. I could hardly read this the writing was so terrible. If you are going to publish something learn how to spell and form a sentence. Beyond that it's a beautiful story.

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