Shoep Remembered


 
In December of last year, we published a blog about Shoep, an aging arthritic dog, and his loving owner John Unger. Both dog and owner became world famous when their picture (below) together and the story of their relationship went viral over the Internet.

With sadness and regret, we share the news that Shoep made his transition yesterday, July 18, 2013.

Photograph of John Unger and his dog, Schoep.

John Unger and his dog, Schoep. / WCCO/Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, StonehousePhoto.com

Here is the news as reported by CBSNews.com. (Click the photo image above to watch the news video.)

    Aged dog who gained fame for tender photo with owner dies

    One of the nation’s most beloved pets has passed away, reports CBS Minnesota.

    Schoep gained national attention after a photo of him and his owner in Lake Superior went viral. He was 20 years old.

    A message posted on the Schoep and John Facebook page said simply, “I breathe but I can’t catch my breath … Schoep passed yesterday, more information in the days ahead.”

    Schoep was a lovable shepherd mix, who lost his sight to cataracts and struggled with arthritis and hip problems.

    The world first met Schoep after he and his owner, John Unger, were captured floating in Lake Superior, a typical routine for a dog owner who wanted to find joint pain relief for his beloved four-legged friend.

    Letters, support and thousands of dollars quickly poured in from around the world, all finding a connection with Schoep and his owner.

    The more than $10,000 in donations had been used for a weekly laser therapy to stimulate old cells in Schoep’s body. The cells then reproduced faster, reducing swelling and pain.

    The treatments bought Schoep and John one more year together.

    Nearly 130,000 people have followed Schoep’s story on his Facebook page.

Poster on heaven-sent dogs.

How blessed John and Shoep are, to have had each other and to have loved each other. Peace and love to you both.
 

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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 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, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. 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 through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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