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  • John Unger and his dog, Schoep, wade in Lake Superior. (Hannah Stonehouse Hudson/

    A photograph of a 19-year-old arthritic dog taking a relaxing dip in Lake Superior has captured the hearts of millions online.

    The image was posted to Facebook by photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who wrote: "This 19-year-old [Schoep is] 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 temperature of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John [Unger]. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8-month-old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures :)."

    The photo, first posted last week, has been viewed more than 2 million times and has received more than 200,000 "likes" from Facebook users.

    In the picture, the dog appears to be asleep while being cradled in Unger's arms as the two wade in the lake.

    "My specialty is documenting relationships, whether it's a wedding or a man and his dog," Hudson told the Pioneer Press." John lives his life in a kind way. He rescued this dog as a puppy, they have gone everywhere together ever since. Schoep has arthritis now, and John finds that the water is therapeutic. He is the kind of person who wants his animals to be comfortable. I wanted to capture their relationship. I told John, 'I really need to get photos of you and your dog.'"

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  • A video of a three-year-old boy riding a backyard roller coaster built by what he no doubt thinks are the coolest parents ever has been making the rounds online.

    The video--uploaded to YouTube in February--shows the boy whipping around the makeshift roller coaster as his father, Jon Cain, looks on.

    The Lancaster, Ohio, couple, who own a local car dealership, built the roller coaster in 2009 on a whim, the boy's mother, Natasha Cain, told Yahoo News.

    "We thought, 'Why not? Let's make one,'" Cain said.

    The 12-foot-high roller coaster--made of PVC tubing and concrete--took three weeks to build and cost $700, Cain said. "We thought it would cost about $300," she said. "But you can't have a half-built roller coaster."

    She added that they cleared the coaster-construction plan with the city's board first. "They said, 'Go ahead, build it,'" Cain said.

    But is it safe?

    "I was concerned at first," Cain said. "But we test-rode it several times. And only my children are allowed on it."

    The roller coaster is still standing, though the Cains are planning to dismantle it in order to sell their home.

    Backyard roller coasters are not terribly uncommon, at least in the United States.

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  • Two brown bears fishing for salmon on the Brooks Falls live cam

    Officials at Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve launched a "Brown Bear & Salmon Cam," in which you can watch bears fish in the Brooks Falls of the Alagnak Wild River.

    The addictive footage has us at the Sideshow wondering how long it will take for one of the bears to catch a salmon live on camera. The live cam site says the best viewing hours are between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Alaska time.

    If you check out the live cam and happen to spot a bear successfully catching a salmon, take a screen capture of the image and email it to us at

    Tell us how long it took you to capture the image, and we'll post the photo along with your comments.

    We're big fans of animal live cams here at the Sideshow. Last week, we showed you the Pet Collective's 24/7 CorgiCam. And Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo has a series of live cams available to view on its website, including cheetah, ferret and otter cams.

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  • Berdych stands in way of Murray's fourth Australian Open final
    Berdych stands in way of Murray's fourth Australian Open final

    British hope Andy Murray has tenacious Tomas Berdych standing between him and playing in a fourth Australian Open final in six years in Thursday's semi-final. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year has been a heartbreak major for the Scot with three runner-up finishes, but he gets another chance to finally crack the big-time if he can get past the giant-serving Czech.

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