Kathmandu: An abandoned puppy rescued from a rubbish dump in India has trekked to Everest Base Camp, becoming whatÂ is believed to be the first dog to tackle the peak, his owner said on Wednesday.
Former professional golfer Joanne Lefson said she adopted the 11-month-old dog, called Rupee, in the mountainous IndianÂ town of Leh last September and decided to take him on a trip to base camp at 5,364 metres (17,598 feet).
The pair began âExpedition Mutt Everest 2013â in the Himalayan town of Lukla on October 14, intending to raise awarenessÂ about the plight of homeless dogs and promote pet adoption.
They accomplished their record-making feat 13 days later, describing it as âone giant leap for dog-kindâ on Facebook. Â