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Picture of Man and His Dog Makes Impact and Prompts Generosity

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It's the picture that's gone viral: a Minnesota man floating in lake superior with man's best friend.

And now, support has been pouring in for the ailing dog.

You may recall "Schoep" the shepherd mix is blind from cataracts, and suffers from hip problems due to arthritis.

The owner, John Unger, takes "Schoep" to the lake to relieve some of his pain.

Ever since the picture went viral, John says he's been getting gifts from total strangers...so far receiving more than $10,000 in donations.

And it's helped cover medical costs — including a weekly laser therapy to stimulate old cells in Schoep's" body.