Schoep, Viral Photo German Shepherd, Passes Away at 20 Last summer a photo of a man cradling his elderly dog in Lake Superior pierced the hearts of millions. Schoep, a shepherd mix who turned 20 on June 15 passed away on Wednesday, but his image will remain a lasting tribute to the deep and loving bond that can run between humans and their canine companions. Owner John Unger posted a brief Facebook statement on Thursday, sayingI breathe but I can’t catch my breath…Schoep passed yesterday

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