A man whose photograph depicted his love and devotion for his senior dog has rescued another pup after the death of his beloved friend.
In 2012, photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson took a photograph that went viral within hours. Woodhouse intended to capture the love of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, with her lens.
Instead, the photographer captured the hearts of people worldwide.
John Unger talked to Seattle Pets Examiner in 2012, discussing the worldwide response to Woodhouse’s iconic photo. He explained that shortly before that iconic photograph was taken, he was facing the very real possibility that he would have to euthanize Schoep (pronounced “Shep”) due to mounting medical bills.
“After that photograph was taken, it was like being hit over the head by a 2 by 4,” John recalled.
“It was so unexpected. I’m not really a computer guy. I received my first computer ever in February of this year. When the photo came out, Hannah put it on Facebook so that I could see it. It’s everything and more than what I ever wanted in a photograph.”
And the world agreed that the photograph was powerful beyond words, compelling thousands of people to donate to save the sweet senior dog.
“Hannah said, ‘Do you realize what’s happening? The photo is going viral.’ I had to ask her what that meant. The photo was in Norway the very next day. I was getting friend requests on Facebook from Norway. It was astounding. I was in shock,” John recalled.
Thanks to the generosity of animal lovers worldwide, John was able to afford medical care for his ailing senior dog, who passed away in the summer of 2013.
Schoep’s absence left a huge void – and it took more than one year before John adopted again. But on Feb. 23, John Unger posted on his Facebook page, Schoep and John:
I am whole again…
Ladies and Gentlemen – This Is BEAR! The journey continues with the addition of Bear into my home, heart, soul and OUR lives!
Please give him a Big Hello! Bear is a 1 year old, 70 lb. Akita/Shep/Lab mix. I, am a very happy man, and proud to introduce him to you. Please join us as Bear and I learn, grow and help in the days, months and years to come!
Great Days Ahead To All
Congratulations, John – Bear is one lucky dog. May you have many happy, loving years together.
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