DULUTH, Minn. – The work of the Duluth News Tribune was featured today on jimromensko.com, a well-known blog about media written by former Poynter Institute faculty member Jim Romensko.
Romensko featured a post about the DNT’s work regarding Schoep, the Bayfield, Wis., dog that became an internet sensation because of the above photo snapped of the pooch. Schoep’s owner announced on Facebook Thursday that shortly after the dog’s 20th birthday in June, Scheop died.
The short history behind the photo is that last August professional photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped it of aging, arthritic Schoep being held in a warm embrace by owner John Unger in Lake Superior. Unger said at the time that the water relaxed the suffering pooch. In fact, it relaxed Schoep so much the dog would fall asleep in Unger’s arms. Hudson later uploaded the photo to Facebook and within hours the photo became an internet sensation. Here’s the original story written by the News Tribune’s John Lundy: “Bayfield, Wis., photographer’s photo goes viral.”
The News Tribune continued to follow Schoep’s story checking back in with Unger and Schoep in December and again in June when the dog turned 20 years old and most recently yesterday when word of Schoep’s passing got around: “Thousands mourn Schoep’s passing.”
Read more about Romensko’s post about the work by the Duluth News Tribune on Schoep at his post here: “Schoep, the dog who became an internet celebrity, passes.”
The Duluth News Tribune is owned by Forum Communications Co. Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.