A photo may be worth 1,000 words, but professional photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson has learned it can also be worth 2.2 million views, 191,162 likes, 108,766 shares and 21,936 comments (and counting) on Facebook.
“My specialty is documenting relationships, whether it’s a wedding or a man and his dog,” says the Bayfield, Wis., photographer. “I have known my friend John and his dog, Schoep, for six years. I have seen Schoep age — he’s 19 now. John lives his life in a kind way. He rescued this dog as a puppy, they have gone everywhere together ever since.”
The following is what Hudson originally posted on Facebook: “This (is) 19-year-old (Schoep) being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. (Schoep) falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shoep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures :).”
Within minutes, there were 100 likes. The next morning, there were 600 shares. By the end of the day, there were 5,000 shares. Hudson literally broke down in tears. “I know this is not about me — it’s about a guy who loves his dog — but I am in complete awe that my photo has had such an impact.”
Update (9/9/12): Great news: Schoep has received laser treatment for arthritis and will spend his golden year pain-free, thanks to the donation of strangers. John has also revealed how Schoep saved him from rough times and thoughts of suicide. Click to see more photos and the full story: http://bit.ly/QXF6h1