Rescued Indian Dog ‘Rupee’ — the First Dog to Climb Mount Everest Base Camp

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Rupee sits atop Mount Everest Base camp. Image courtesy Joanne Lefson.

In an awe-inspiring story which reestablishes the fact that given a chance, homeless dogs can reach great heights, literally, Joanne Lefson’s adopted mutt Rupee became the first dog in the world to climb the iconic Mount Everest base camp.

Joanne Lefson adopted Rupee – eight months old and dying of dehydration and starvation from a dump site in Ladakh, India. Back then, Rupee was too frail to even walk.

Rupee, the first dog ever officially recorded at the camp, undertook the grueling challenge against all odds becoming a fine example of what can be achieved when a homeless dog is given a second chance.

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Rupee with Joanne Lefson earmarking the trek to Mount Everest.

A native to the Himalayas, Rupee once healthy was raring to touch snow. The vet confirmed that the pooch would not suffer from altitude sickness despite being more than 17,000 ft above sea level. Post this clearance, Joanee and Rupee began a first of its kind expedition and completed it successfully in just ten days.

Joanne said: “My greatest concern was wondering if Rupee could actually make it. I prepared for the worst and arranged an extra porter just in case Rupee needed to hitch a ride. A memorable part of the trip was seeing Rupee touch and walk on snow for the first time, he loved it.”

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Joanne is no stranger to saving dogs having previously rescued and traveled the world with Oscar. After Oscar passed away in January, it is through Rupee that she wishes to inspire others to adopt homeless dogs.

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