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This photo of Schoep and John Unger relaxing in Lake Superior in Bayfield last year became famous after photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson posted it on her Facebook page. (Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson)

Thousands mourn Schoep the dog's passing

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Schoep, the Bayfield dog who with his owner became an Internet celebrity last year thanks to a tender photograph of the pair in the waters of Lake Superior, died Wednesday at age 20.

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The news was announced Thursday afternoon on the Facebook page for Schoep and owner John Unger.

"I breathe but I can't catch my breath. ... Schoep passed yesterday," the Facebook statement read.

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