Published: Aug 10, 2012 4:40 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2012 5:06 PM EDT

A Wisconsin man has been thrust into the spotlight after a picture of him and his 19-year-old dog went viral on the internet. The image of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, has been viewed millions of times on Facebook, reaching people across the world.

Reporter Zach Vavricka shows us the story behind the picture.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's safe to say one of Hannah Stonehouse Hudson's newest snapshot is worth millions.

"It's been viewed almost three million times; it's been shared, I think 150,000 times. It's been 'liked' an incredible amount of times," Hudson said.

"My mother has a saying: 'For the comfort and convenience of the dog.' And he is the epitome of this saying. He loves this dog. He takes care of this dog. His life is about this dog," Hudson explained.

John Unger and Schoep have spent almost 20 years together. He was rescued as a puppy.

"We both wanted to work with a dog that had been abused and we knew this. We talked about it and that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to help out an animal and bring out his full potential," Unger said.

It's hard for Unger to talk about their time together.

"What he means to me? I can't put into words," Unger said.

Because 19-year-old Schoep is nearing the end of his long, happy life, he suffers from arthritis and has trouble sleeping, so to ease his pain, Unger takes him swimming and Schoep will fall asleep in his arms.

"Not too many more times are we going to be able to do this. So every time now, it's a pretty special feeling. The buoyancy it gives him in the water relieves the pain, or at least some of it, to the point where he's relaxed," Unger explained.

Hudson's picture captured this moment perfectly and her snap shot, viewed three million times, comes down to one word: love.

"They are two amazing beings and if you can take anything from this photo, take the love from it and pass it one to other people," Unger said. "You give love and that love will return ten fold. That's what I want people to get from this photograph."

Unger has received an overwhelming amount of support since the picture went viral. People are even stepping up to help pay for Schoep's medical costs.