Only a month ago we celebrated Schoep’s twentieth birthday. Sadly on Wednesday Schoep passed away.
Schoep became an internet sensation when a picture of his owner soothing his arthritis in a lake went viral. Over 187,000 people follow Schoep and John on their Facebook page, captivated by the love the two had for each other.
On Thursday John posted “I Breathe But I Can’t Catch My Breath…Schoep passed yesterday.”
Schoep and John’s story has had a significant impact on many. When the picture and their story went viral donations started pouring in from all over the world. More than enough money came in to give Schoep the best possible care for his arthritis.
John and Schoep’s veterinarian, Erik Haukass, decided to use the rest of the money to help others. They created Schoep’s Legacy Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to help low-income families care for their animals. To date the foundation has raised over $25,000.
“It could help another 30 or 40 Schoeps,” said Haukass.
Schoep will be missed by his many fans, and most importantly by John, his best friend of 20 years.