Man from viral dog photo adopts new rescue pup

Man from viral dog photo adopts rescue pup

Bayfield, WI (NBC/KARE) - It was a photo that captured the hearts of dog lovers and many others around the world.

John Unger, and his best friend, Schoep, in the waters of Lake Superior.

The German Shepherd loved the water but arthritis had settled into his joints, making hard for him to swim or even walk.

So John would just hold Schoep, sometimes for hours.

Schoep passed away a year-and-a-half ago and John was left wondering if he'd ever adopt again.

"It was really tough after Schoep left and I didn't know what to do with my time," said Unger.

90 miles away, several dogs were surrendered to a humane society, including a one-year-old black dog named Bear.

Older dogs and black dogs like Bear often have trouble finding hew homes.

"It was just unison, it was just you know-- in love from the moment they said hello to each other," said Kim Molitor, shelter worker.

After less than a week together, John and Bear have their walk down but there are things they are still discovering.

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