Video: Meet the Man & Dog behind Viral Photo.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 10, 2012
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Via the photographer, on Facebook:

This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. Shep 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 temp of the water is perfect.
I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).To purchase a print – go here: you would like to make a donation to Schoep’s care – you can contact Bay Area Animal Hospital at 715-682-8865 with a credit card number or mail a check to 3601 E Hwy 2 Ashland, WI 54806. All donations are going right into Schoep’s account at the clinic. Thanks!!

Update: “An AMAZING anonymous donor paid for laser treatments at Bay Area Animal Hospital!!! Spread the love people. Pay it forward 🙂 Whooooohoooooooo So happy :D”

Also: “The most amazing things are happening for John & Shep. Thank you everyone. Seriously, thank you. If you love a senior dog, or these photos inspired you at all – please consider donating to someone like The Grey Muzzle Organization. Thank you ♥”

Human’s best friend: who’s rescuing who?

Without my dog, over the past five years since I rescued him, I don’t know how I would have emotionally survived. While dogs are, of course, a great deal of time and responsibility, they truly can become our best friends.

And that’s what we see here:

Story via Huff Post (read full story here, including how Schoep saved Unger’s life):

“…Unger adopted Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping, the Pioneer Press reports. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep….

“This photo was from a last minute session…I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught — a man and his dog. John loving his Schoep, and Schoep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed. I hate posed photos. They never, ever capture the true essence of anything.” …read the rest here.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Video: Meet the Man & Dog behind Viral Photo.”

  1. Amy says:

    beautiful shot.

  2. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Animal Rights & WOW.~Mamaste

  3. tridentgirl says:

    I'm tearful…I wish every "being" including myself, had some other being they would do this for…AND some being that would do this for them in return. Love…it is incredibly powerful and transforming.

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