This Man Takes His Sick Dog To The Lake Every Night As The Water Washes The Pain Away

The dog named Shoep and his owner, John Anger, became world famous after a photo appeared on the internet in 2012, in which the dog peacefully slept on his owner’s chest while swimming in a lake in Wisconsin.

This Man Takes His Sick Dog To The Lake Every Night Because The Water Soothes The Pain

Behind this photo was a story that captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

Shope, who was 19 when this famous photo was created, suffered from arthritis.

To relieve her suffering a little, John took her to the lake every day. He took the dog in his arms and went deep into the water.

The water allowed the dog to relax enough that the pain subsided and Shope could take a leisurely nap on his master’s chest.

John Anger and his girlfriend adopted Shope from the shelter. With this girl he wanted to marry, John separated 11 years ago, then fell into a deep depression.

“I would like to be honest with you. I wouldn’t be here without this dog. One night I woke up with suicidal thoughts. But Shope was with me, and… I don’t know how to explain. It literally tore me away from these thoughts. He has done so much for me that having me help ease his pain in his old age is only the little I can do for him,” John admitted in an interview.

The vet told John that the dog’s disease was progressing and that it might be best to euthanize the dog.

Realizing he might soon lose his best friend, the man asked his friend to take a photo of him and Shoep as a keepsake.

She managed to make a wonderful frame that will be remembered not only by John, but also by thousands of people around the world.

After the photo with Sleeping Shep became popular, John began to receive many gifts and money from all over the world for the treatment.

The vet at the clinic where the dog was treated was struck by how many anonymous people were transferring money.

According to him, John is a good guy and not particularly wealthy. But he did his best for his dog, who still hasn’t made a full recovery and has already lived longer than the average dog.

The popularity helped extend Shope’s life by almost a year, giving him the opportunity to celebrate his 20th birthday.

On July 18, 2013, John posted a tragic message about the death of a beloved pet: “I’m breathing, but I can’t catch my breath. Shope passed away yesterday.”

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