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Published:November 14th, 2013 10:19 EST

Meet Adorable Rupee, the First Dog to Ever Climb Mt. Everest: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"An abandoned puppy rescued from a rubbish dump in India has trekked to Everest Base Camp, becoming what is believed to be the first dog to tackle the peak.


Former professional golfer Joanne Lefson says she adopted the 11-month-old dog, called Rupee, in the mountainous Indian town of Leh last September, and decided to take him on a trip to base camp at 5,364 metres."

Australia Network News

When Lefson saw the emaciated puppy in the dump, she saw his potential and took him home and nursed him back to health.

An abandoned puppy, starving to death in a dump in India, has now reached the pinnacle of success: The summit of Mount Everest and Internet celebrity.

After eight-and-a-half days, facing  the unforgiving elements and even a yak attack, Lefson and her canine reached the summit.

Visit your local animal shelter, that puppy looking at your with sad eyes may not climb Mr. Everest one day, but he will be a faithful companion who will protect and love you.

Moral of this story: From slumdog to top dog, every pooch has his day. Start a lifelong adventure; adopt your own hero dog today.

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