Dog takes on Everest with SA flair

2013-11-13 09:04

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Cape Town - A dog rescued from a rubbish heap in India by a South African woman has become the first domesticated canine to climb Everest.

The Cape Argus reports that Capetonian traveller, Joanne Lefson, discovered the dehydrated and starving 8-month old Rupee at a Northern Indian dumpsite in the Himalayan village of Leh, adopted him and nursed him back to health.

And a couple of months later he accompanied her on a lifelong mountaineering dream, appropriately dubbed Expedition Mutt Everest.

The team summited Base Camp on October 26 and a pair of embroidered prayer flags were tied, with the wish that the gods above will bestow a home on all the homeless dogs below. 

Photographs of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Rupee proudly wearing a South African flag on his collar have been circulating all around the web. 

This is, however, not the first time that Joanne made world headlines with a canine friend. In 2009 she and Oscar, an adorable mixed breed of Alsation, Corgi, Basset hound and Cocker Spaniel adopted from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in 2004, set off on the official ‘World Woof Tour.'

The two companions visited more than 32 countries to raise awareness about pet adoption and sterilization, making Oscar the world's most well-travelled dog. 

Their globe-trotting mission to came to a sad end, however, when 11-year-old Oscar died in January this year after being hit by a car in California. 

Rupee's amazing mountaineering feat was also, quite appropriately, dedicated to the memory of his predecessor.

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