From a September 25, 2012 HuffPostUK story on Schoep and John:
Without the funds to pay for his dog’s medication and vet bills and unable to witness the pain his faithful companion was going through, John had planned to say farewell to Schoep in the fortnight after the August picture was taken.
Schoep’s vet Erik Haukaas, at the Bay Area Animal Hospital, confirmed this, telling TwinCities.com: “In July, euthanisation was an option we talked about.
“It doesn’t always. It is just one more thing we try instead of putting a dog to sleep. In this case, it all worked out tremendously.”