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The Man Who Took His Ailing Dog Swimming Has a New Puppy

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John Unger’s love affair with his dog, Schoep, has to go down as one of the sweetest, most devoted ever.

After a photographer captured Unger cradling his beloved dog in his arms in Lake Superior, because Schoep loved the water but was too arthritic to swim, the photo went viral.

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He was my life,” Unger said of the dog he adopted from a shelter at a time when he was suffering depression. In 2013, Schoep died.

Like many dog owners, Unger wasn’t sure how long it would take him to love a dog again. But earlier this month, as reported by KARE11, a Minneapolis area television station, Unger visited a humane society near his Wisconsin home, where he found 1-year-old Bear.

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They were “in love from the moment they said hello to each other,” says shelter employee Kim Molitor.

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