Former stray becomes first canine to climb Mount Everest

This is a great story! I especially love that the dog’s name is Rupee, because he reminds me of my Rupert.

This has set the bar pretty high, however. I think I’ll start with trying to run a 5K with Pepper, and then tackle mountains afterwards.

A homeless dog rescued from a dump has become a mountaineer after trekking to 17,000ft above sea level to Mount Everest base camp.

Rupee is believed to be the first dog officially recorded at the base camp after he joined owner Joanne Lefson on the trip.

The dog undertook the grueling challenge after being rescued by Joanne from a dump site in Ladakh, Northern India.

At just eight months old the pup was dying of dehydration and starvation when he was adopted by Joanne.

She said: ‘When I saw him on that dumpsite he couldn’t have had more than an hour to live. He couldn’t even walk ten meters without collapsing.

‘The little fellow had heart, I could tell that but he was very weak from having no food and water for days, perhaps weeks.’

Joanne previously hit the headlines after traveling the world with Oscar – the famous globetrotting…

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