Who else remembers the beautiful photo of Schoep, the grey muzzled Shepherd and senior dog, being lovingly cradled by his person while floating in Lake Superior, hoping to alleviate some of his arthritic pain?
John Unger's story touched people everywhere, including me. With my own older dog with similar coloring and features, the image of them together in 2012 had me in tears.
Their story and the images were a beautiful demonstration of the human-animal bond, and we celebrated the response it generated from dog lovers across social media.
Time heals all wounds and heartbreak because Unger has shared on his Facebook page that he has recently adopted a rescue dog named Bear.
"It was really tough after Schoep left. I didn't know what to do with my time," Unger told news station KARE 11. "He was my life."
What wonderful news for both John and Bear! It's been about five months since our dog passed on and we're slowly getting through the grief process. Stories like this one are an inspiration and a timely reminder that everyone is different when handling the loss of a pet.