Posted at: 07/18/2013 9:20 PM
Updated at: 07/19/2013 11:15 AM
By: Zach Hammer
Image of Schoep and his owner John, from Schoep and John Facebook page
The dog that gained international fame after his owner posted a photo of them floating together in Lake Superior has passed away.
John Unger made the annoucement on Thursday that Schoep died on Wednesday at his Bayfield home.
Schoep and Unger were photographed last summer floating in Lake Superior. Unger said that it relieved the arthritis pain of the 20-year-old dog.
The photo of the two taken by Hannah Stonehous Hudson became an internet sensation, with Unger received thousands of dollars from supporters.
Over 170,000 people have "liked" their Facebook page. As of Thursday night, almost 40,000 people had responded to the Facebook post about Schoep's passing.