One of the Internet’s most beloved animals has passed away.
Schoep – a dog made famous when a touching picture of him and his owner, John Unger, went viral last summer – died Thursday at the age of 20.
Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped the famous image of Unger lying in Lake Superior with his pet because the water was therapeutic for Schoep’s arthritis.
In response, thousands of dollars poured in from Web users to help with the canine’s ailment.
“Schoep and John had an amazing relationship … I hope that people can give John some space and privacy for now … he just lost his best friend,” Stonehouse Hudson told The Pioneer Press.
Unger himself broke the sad news of Schoep’s death on Facebook, writing “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath… Schoep passed yesterday[,] more information in the days ahead.”