Photograph of John Unger and his pet Shoep

John Unger and Shoep

A Man & His Dog Buy More Time Together

Love is unbounded. Love knows no end. Love never dies.  The picture above featuring a man and his dog has led to a healing no one expected.

    This picture of a Minnesota man soothing carrying his dog through Lake Superior pulled heartstrings across the nation as soon as it was posted online in August. It was much more than a peaceful photograph: John Unger is committed to ailing dog Schoep, regularly taking the shepherd mix into the water to help ease the pain of the canine’s arthritis. Photographer Hannah Stonehouse captured the moment.

    Unger’s newfound celebrity changed his and his dog’s life. For the past few months, the Bayfield man received emotional letters and donations from all over the world. Over $10,000, mostly from moved strangers, pays for weekly laser therapy. “He has a much better life,” Unger told CBS Minnesota WCCO-TV in September. “He is not in pain as much, and he’s enjoying himself again.” The leftover money is being used to start Schoep’s legacy foundation, which will help other animals in need.  (

Click on the photo image above or the following link to watch the news report video:

May Divine Love bless you bountifully in the coming new year and throughout all your time on Earth.



About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in close to 40 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation.   Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways. He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years in a classroom, lecture, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.  
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3 Responses to Shoep

  1. Jean Mishra says:

    Reblogged this on Soul Bulbs and commented:
    A beautiful story. Where there is love there is always a way.


    • That’s a nice, new second site you have, Jean. Its name can refer also to souls as flowering plant bulbs that are planted in the ground of Being, so that they can grow and blossom in the light. Have a bountiful and boundless New Year, Jean. 😉


  2. Pingback: Shoep Remembered | The Mystical Path

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