The bond between Schoep and his owner, John Unger, has been a deep one for nearly 20 years.
And it started with something monumental…
Unger first got Schoep as a puppy, after his fiancée broke up with him 19 years ago. The Wisconsin native decided that his life had come to an end and planned on diving to his death in a Milwaukee quarry.
Unger recounts his experience:
After a break-up with my then fiancee, I was going through a really bad time. I went down to the break water in Milwaukee at the marina, which is made of up of big boulders.
I was thinking of ending my life, I had Schoep with me and we were down there quite a while. I decided it was time to do this, I was going to head dive into the rocks.
When I was really at that moment to jump, he looked up at me with a look I’ve not seen since or before.
It was a look of concern, his eyes were squinted and his brow was scrunched, like a human does when they try to think really hard.
It was quite amazing.
Schoep snapped his owner out of his dreary heartbreak and…and now Unger will basically do anything for his pooch.
So now, whether it's for 10 minutes or an hour, Unger takes his ailing dog out to Lake Superior, drifting him to sleep and easing his pain.
A bond between a man and his dog can never be broken.
[Image via Hannah Stonehouse Hudson / Stonehouse Photography ]
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