Schoep, the Dog Whose Photo Touched the World, Dies at 20


Written by: Kathleen Moore

This photo prompted a worldwide outpouring of love and support for Schoep the dog.
Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson / Stonehouse Photography

If you are a regular reader of Orvis Dogs, you know we have followed Schoep’s story closely, and cheered him on his journey. And so, the news of Schoep’s passing has hit us particularly hard here in the office.

The now-famous photograph that Hannah Stonehouse took of John Unger cradling his ailing dog last July quickly went viral, and resulted in an outpouring of donations that helped return the dog to good health. Recently, Schoep received more than 1,000 cards from well-wishers on the occasion of his 20th birthday.

Of course, we are all comforted knowing Schoep had the very best kind of person, and that his last days were comfortable and full of love. Beyond that, Schoep’s story touched people all around the world, inspiring the Schoep Legacy Foundation, which has raised more than $25,000 to help low-income families care for aging dogs. That is quite a legacy, and we know it is one that will last.


The most recent post on the Schoep and John Official Facebook Page Says it all
Photo via Schoep and John’s Facebook Page

If you would like to offer condolences, fans and friends are doing so at Schoep and John’s Facebook Page.

The Daily Mail has a long story detailing Schoep’s life and legacy, including many wonderful pictures.

Previous posts about Schoep:

The Amazing Story Behind a Touching Photo Gone Viral

Video of the Man and the Dog Behind the Now Famous Photo

UPDATE: Donations for John Unger and Schoep Prolong the Dog’s Life

Update II: Schoep, the Dog Whose Photo Touched the World, Continues to Do Well

Update III: Schoep the Dog Launches New Foundation to Help Others

Update IV: Schoep the Dog Turns 20

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