You might remember John Unger, the devoted dog dad whose love for his A senior dog in his late teens, Schoep suffered from arthritis that. Schoep gained national attention after a photo of him and his owner in Lake Superior went viral. He was 20 years old. John Unger and his dog. BAYFIELD, Wis.- Is it possible to love again? John Unger is about to find out. Unger and his dog Schoep became an internet sensation three. But Schoep, the German Shepherd mix who just died at age 20 on Stonehouse Hudson, featured the dog and his owner, John Unger. John and his dog Schoep floated anuwhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature of the water and how Schoep was. John Unger and his dog Schoep have finally been parted. The pair seemed to define the bond between humans and animals with a single.