Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson.

Everyday I see stories about men being abusive to both their human and animal companions. This photo and the story behind it is why I created the Dog Files. It’s how a REAL man should act toward his family, animals included. A special thanks to Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, the photographer who captured this special moment.

Make sure you watch the video at the bottom.

Kenn Bell
Dog Files Creator

Minnesota – A man and his best friend are getting worldwide attention after a picture of the pair floating on Lake Superior spread through social media. The dog’s owner has shared the reason behind the trips to the lake.

For the last 18 years, John Unger has had a constant companion in his dog Shoep, but time is taking its toll.

The Shepherd mix has lost his sight and age has also brought arthritis. It’s pain and stiffness that offers little relief.

But, in the shallow water of Lake Superior, owner and pet find a temporary peace. The water takes weight off tired joints.

In John’s arms, there’s no urge to swim, only to sleep – a few moments of serenity from sore limbs.

People from around the world have been so moved by a picture, they’ve been calling Schoep’s vet offering to pay for the dog’s medication and treatment.