Schoep played a crucial role in John’s life, when the man, after being left by his fiancée, became depressed. He says that it was Schoep’s trust, companionship and presence the night he seriously thought about committing suicide that gave him to courage to move on with his life. In order to return the unconditional love and favor, John is willing to do anything he can for his furry best friend.
A couple of months ago, after a visit to the vet triggered by the fact that Schoep was limping, John learned his beloved dog’s condition had deteriorated. Learning he might have to put Schoep down soon pushed John to call Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, his professional photographer friend, to take the picture they had been talking about doing for the past 4 years.
The incredible success of this shot of the duo touched millions, some of which donated money to fund Schoep’s treatments. Inspired by the generosity of the donors John to create Schoep’s Legacy Foundation, which has raised over $25,000 thanks even more numerous donations. The latter have allowed Schoep to get laser treatment to reduce the pain and swelling that result from his condition and, according to the dog’s vet, Dr Haukass, could help about another 30 or 40 arthritic pooches.