An arthritic dog, who became an internet sensation after he was pictured being cradled by his owner in the warm waters of a lake, has died.
The image of Schoep lying in John Unger’s arms in Wisconsin's Lake Superior melted hearts across the world.
Unger would regularly take the 20-year-old hound to the water in order to lull him to sleep and give him respite from his painful condition.
The original image, which went viral after being published on Facebook in August last year, saw touched readers send gifts, artwork, cards and money from across the world.
The acts of kindness saw Schoep go from facing euthanisation - because Unger could not afford to pay for his medication and vet bills - to benefiting from a new although brief lease of life, thanks to various therapies including laser treatments.