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21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

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They say a dog is a man's best friend, but to John Unger, a Wisconsin resident, his dog, Schoep, means everything.

Unger adopted Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping, the Pioneer Press reports. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep.

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photography and a friend of Unger's, decided to capture the relationship between the man and his dog down by the water.

"This photo was from a last minute session," said thet Bayfield, Wis., photographer in an email. "We had been trying to get together for weeks, but it kept not happening because of my travel schedule for Stonehouse. We finally got together last Tuesday (the 31st). I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught -- a man and his dog. John loving his Schoep, and Schoep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed - I hate posed photos - they never, ever capture the true essence of anything."

Stonehouse Hudson decided to post the photo to Facebook, where she described the pair's loving relationship.

"This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior," she wrote in the Facebook post, which has received more than 207,000 likes and 116,000 shares as of Wednesday morning.

"Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures," she continued.

Stonehouse Hudson never imagined the tender moment she captured would eventually go viral and touch the hearts of hundreds of thousands.

"John lives for this dog, and for the dog's comfort," she said. "My mother has a saying, 'Everything is for the comfort and convenience of the Dog.' John is a prime example of this."

Stonehouse Hudson regularly photographs dogs as part of her profession. She offers pet sessions and often takes pictures of dogs at weddings. To give back, she does free shoots of hard-to-place animals for local shelters.

She said the photograph of Unger and Schoep is more than just a moment frozen in time; it's an everlasting reminder.

"I want people to identify with this photo, and remember a time when they felt safe, loved, and cared for," Stonehouse Hudson said. "Then I want them to channel those feelings and pay it forward! There is way too much negativity in this world - maybe with this one photo we can start to change things just a tiny bit."

UPDATE: John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune interviewed John Unger, who described how Schoep saved his life. After breaking up with his former fiancee, Unger had been having suicidal thoughts. “To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me (that night)," Unger told Lundy. "He just snapped me out of it. I don’t know how to explain it. He just snapped me out of it. … I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my ass.” Minnesota Public Radio reports that the popularity of the photo has spurred an outpouring of support in the form of donations to help pay for laser treatment for Schoep's arthritis.

I really miss my dog now :(

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^^there's something to this...my Mom died from dementia and it seemed that the only thing that soothed her was classical music and water. She would just lie there floating in the pool or lake and a calm would come over her which I can only compare to meditation. These are the non-traditional methods of therapy that are so commonly over-looked by the medical establishment. Great story...

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These should really be in here...

Manny Malhotra and Jason Garrison team up with You Can Play for the Vancouver Pride Parade.

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These should really be in here...

Manny Malhotra and Jason Garrison team up with You Can Play for the Vancouver Pride Parade.

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^^ maybe but you undoubtedly do not know that and so what if they did, negative Nancy. The point is that they were there.

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^^ maybe but you undoubtedly do not know that and so what if they did, negative Nancy. The point is that they were there.

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Simply beautiful. Thank you! The connection between man and animal is incredible.

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They say a dog is a man's best friend, but to John Unger, a Wisconsin resident, his dog, Schoep, means everything.

Unger adopted Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping, the Pioneer Press reports. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep.

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photography and a friend of Unger's, decided to capture the relationship between the man and his dog down by the water.

"This photo was from a last minute session," said thet Bayfield, Wis., photographer in an email. "We had been trying to get together for weeks, but it kept not happening because of my travel schedule for Stonehouse. We finally got together last Tuesday (the 31st). I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught -- a man and his dog. John loving his Schoep, and Schoep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed - I hate posed photos - they never, ever capture the true essence of anything."

Stonehouse Hudson decided to post the photo to Facebook, where she described the pair's loving relationship.

"This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior," she wrote in the Facebook post, which has received more than 207,000 likes and 116,000 shares as of Wednesday morning.

"Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures," she continued.

Stonehouse Hudson never imagined the tender moment she captured would eventually go viral and touch the hearts of hundreds of thousands.

"John lives for this dog, and for the dog's comfort," she said. "My mother has a saying, 'Everything is for the comfort and convenience of the Dog.' John is a prime example of this."

Stonehouse Hudson regularly photographs dogs as part of her profession. She offers pet sessions and often takes pictures of dogs at weddings. To give back, she does free shoots of hard-to-place animals for local shelters.

She said the photograph of Unger and Schoep is more than just a moment frozen in time; it's an everlasting reminder.

"I want people to identify with this photo, and remember a time when they felt safe, loved, and cared for," Stonehouse Hudson said. "Then I want them to channel those feelings and pay it forward! There is way too much negativity in this world - maybe with this one photo we can start to change things just a tiny bit."

UPDATE: John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune interviewed John Unger, who described how Schoep saved his life. After breaking up with his former fiancee, Unger had been having suicidal thoughts. “To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me (that night)," Unger told Lundy. "He just snapped me out of it. I don’t know how to explain it. He just snapped me out of it. … I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my ass.” Minnesota Public Radio reports that the popularity of the photo has spurred an outpouring of support in the form of donations to help pay for laser treatment for Schoep's arthritis.

I really miss my dog now :(

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Here are some citizens celebrating this bus driver's birthday! The song they are singing is a Danish version of Happy Birthday :)

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Parents save son by each giving him a lung

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A boy with cystic fibrosis is starting a new life after German doctors performed the country’s first double living lung transplant, giving him a lung from each of his mother and father.

Twelve-year-old Marius waited in vain for a donor as he struggled to breathe and his quality of life declined.

“We were desperately waiting for an organ, waiting for a call every day,” his father Lars said.

By the time of the operation in April he was in such a dire situation that he was attached to both a ventilation machine and a heart-lung machine.

“The transplant was his last chance,” said Dr Gregor Warnecke, supervising doctor. The hospital would not have operated on his parents if it had not been absolutely necessary.

Marius was extremely lucky that not one but both of his parents had compatible blood groups – and their lungs were bigger than his, another precondition for a successful transplant.

“If we had enough organ donors in Germany, the doctors would not have to resort to living donors,” said Lars.

“We are happy and thankful that we and the doctors were able to help Marius.”

He and Marius’ mother Anja had no doubts about each donating a lung to save their boy. “It was immediately clear,” she said.

Surgeons at the Hannover Medical University (MHH) performed a triple operation, using three operating rooms in parallel, with a lung being removed from each parent, and then implanted into Marius.

“The operations went well, the parents were able to leave hospital after ten days,” said Warnecke. Marius’ operation lasted six hours.

“The transplantation worked well with Marius. We were able to remove the tubes from him two days after the operation,” said Warnecke.

Marius was released from hospital after 155 days. And although his quality of life has improved enormously – he can play football and ride his bike – his immune system is still weak and he is not yet able to go to school.

He must take a series of drugs – and his cystic fibrosis has not gone, meaning there remains a chance that his new lungs could also be affected.

His parents both said they had recovered well.

Cystic fibrosis is an incurable genetic condition which means the body produces mucus that is thicker than normal, and which gradually fills the lungs, reducing and eventually stopping the sufferer’s ability to breathe.

Cases like this one are more frequent in countries such as Japan and South Korea, where religious considerations make post-mortal organ donations rare, the hospital said.

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After reading some other news stuff on here this did indeed restore my faith in humanity :)

Thanks

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"If there are dreams of a beautiful world, there are two roads taken to acheive that goal. They are called Goodness and Forgiveness."

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We needed this bump.

Honestly, this thread reduced me to tears (or maybe that's a symptom of no hockey?). No, it was the thread.

The only thing for me....#10....the "mama" cat swimming, frantically, behind the basket of kittens guy. That one has stuck with me. Hope she made it too.....

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