Sick Dog Who Became Internet Sensation Dies

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John Unger cradles his dog, Schoep, in Lake Superior. (Photo Credit: Hannah Stonehouse Hudson/

A dog, who became an internet sensation after his owner held him in lake water to ease the pup’s pain from arthritis, has passed away.

A picture posted last summer featuring the Wisconsin resident and his dog, Schoep, captured the hearts of the social media world.

But, on Thursday afternoon, this was posted on Schoep and John’s Facebook page: “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath…Schoep passed yesterday.. more information in the days ahead.”

Nearly 20,000 Facebook fans have already left condolences on the post.