A New Best Friend

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(KARE) Is it possible to love again? John Unger is about to find out.

Unger and his dog Schoep became an internet sensation three years ago after photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped a sweet moment of them on Lake Superior.

Schoep loved the water but arthritis settled into his joints which made it hard to swim or even walk. So, Unger would just hold Schoep on his chest in the water, sometimes for hours.

“He was my life,” Unger said.

Twenty years ago Unger was battling depression when he found Schoep in a shelter.

“He saved me that night and I could only do my very best for him after that,” he said.

It was the best to the very end. A year and a half ago, Schoep passed away.

“It was really tough after Schoep left and didn’t know what to do with my time,” Unger said.

Months passed. The thought of moving on came and went. Unger thought about getting a new dog but nothing seemed right.

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