Sedona AZ (October 11, 2012) – Several friends shared this story with SedonaEye.com Paws Up columnist Harley McGuire, so when Harley’s pals Hudson, Inoch and Sadie asked him to share this story with his Sedona Eye readers, a beautiful story of a heart-warming and uplifting display of true love, Harley McGuire sent the following dispatch for his Paws Up fans:
A Wisconsin man has been thrust into the spotlight after a picture of him and his 19-year-old dog was seen on the Internet.
According to the Northland’s NewsCenter report: The image of John Unger and his dog Schoep has been reaching people across the world. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
“My mother has a saying,” said Unger, “For the comfort and convenience of the dog.” Unger is the epitome of this saying. Unger loves his dog, he takes care of this dog, his life is about this dog. John Unger and Schoep have spent almost twenty years together; he was rescued as a puppy.
“We both wanted to work with a dog that had been abused and we knew this. We talked about it and that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to help out an animal and bring out his full potential,” said Unger.
It’s hard for Unger to talk about their time together because 19-year-old Shoep is nearing the end of his long, happy life. “What he means to me? I can’t put into words.”
Shoep suffers from arthritis and has trouble sleeping, so to ease his pain, Unger takes him swimming and Schoep will fall asleep in his arms.
“Not too many more times are we going to be able to do this. So every time now it’s a pretty special feeling….the buoyancy it gives him in the water relieves the pain, or at least some of it to the point where he’s relaxed,” said Unger with Schoep by his side.
Photographer Hudson’s picture captured this moment perfectly and her snap shot, viewed three million times, comes down to one word…love. “They are two amazing beings and if you can take anything from this photo, take the love from it and pass it on to other people,” said Hudson.
“You give love and that love will return ten fold, that’s what I want people to get from this photograph,” said Unger.
Harley McGuire writes a postscript: To John Unger and his beloved, Shoep, how great a love you two share!
Please, dear reader, go visit your local humane society. There are so many of my pals that need a John Unger in their lives. Please rescue a broken-heart today and make it whole with your love and affection.
Here’s a Shout Out! to Village of Oak Creek resident, Deb Belding, who rescued Sir Purrs-a-lot, a Persian cat removed to the Sedona Humane Society from a local hoarding situation. Deb reports that Purrs is making progress accepting love and affection! Thank you, Deb Belding, for your heart.
And, to my own human mom that rescued this broken-heart from Texas, I love you!