I’ve talked a lot about the different kinds of things that go viral. But it’s been a while since something moved me this much.
The above photo, by Wisconsin photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, features a 19-year-old rescue dog named Schoep and his owner John Unger.
When Hudson posted this photo on her Facebook page, she described it:
This (is) 19-year-old (Schoep) being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. (Schoep) 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 Shoep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).
It’s not only a beautiful photo, but it’s a beautiful and heart-warming story, and one that has really resonated with people around the world.
As of right now, the photo has been shared 171,873 times; ‘liked’ 287,006 times; and commented on 30,972 times. And that’s only the photo on her Facebook page — the story of the photo has been shared even farther and wider.
Read more about this amazing story here.