Joanne Lefson found the homeless waif “Rupee” in a dumpster in Ladakh (Northern India), which was the 8 months old at the time. She christened it ‘Rupee’ and took care of it like her own. Today, it became the first canine ever to successfully climb the Everest Base Camp (17,598 ft), one of the toughest trek trail in Nepal.
The little fellow had heart, I could tell that but he was very weak from having no food and water for days, perhaps weeks. […] There were many tourists climbing the mountain at the time and they couldn’t believe that a dog was heading to Base Camp. They were jealous they hadn’t brought their dogs with them for walkies too.
~Lefson (Daily Mail)
Along with its owner, Lefson, Rupee completed the trek in a total 10 days and amazed the world audiences with its feat. It’s not a new trend for trekkers to set records on Everest, however, for a dog -it’s quite unique. Formerly, we have seen handicapped, Autistic and many others making it to the base camp, but a canine.
Trekkers often find it hard to cope with the dire weather and cold at such great altitude on Everest. A dog challenging the same difficulties exemplifies the spirit of the age. Stated as reliving the legacy of Oscar, lefson’s former pet, she’s championing the cause for adopting and rearing homeless pets with the help of Rupee.
The trek to Base Camp, 17,000 feet above sea level, had originally been planned with Lefson’s dog, Oscar, who became famous as the globe-trotting dog. Oscar died in January after being by a truck.