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

Written by: Phil Monahan

This photo of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, has resulted in hundreds of donations that have
helped pay for the elderly dog’s treatments.

photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson / Stonehouse Photography

The above photo of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, touched hearts around the world when it was first published in early August. (We posted about it here, here, and here.) When the photo first surfaced, it seemed clear that Unger was simply helping his friend through the dog’s final days—the end of a long, beautiful relationship they had shared. However, the flood of support allowed Schoep to get much-needed medical treatments, and the latest news is that he continues to do well months after he seemed to be fading.

Schoep clearly is benefiting from laser treatments he’s receiving at Bay Area Animal Hospital in Ashland and the medications prescribed for him there, Unger said.

Schoep is able to pick up a back leg that used to drag, Unger said. The dog recently climbed the steps to Unger’s cottage on his own for the first time in recent memory, although because of Schoep’s blindness, Unger usually still carries him.

There’s good news, too, for photographer Hannah Hudson. The popularity of her photo of Unger and Schoep has allowed her to pursue her passion: to photograph dogs for a living.

It’s simply amazing what a single powerful photograph can do.

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