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, his owner said Wednesday.
Former professional golfer Joanne Lefson told AFP 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 (17,598 feet).
The pair began "Expedition Mutt Everest 2013" in the Himalayan town of Lukla on October 14, intending to raise awareness about the plight of homeless dogs and promote pet adoption.
They accomplished their record-making feat thirteen days later, describing it as "one giant leap for dog-kind" on Facebook.
"I am so proud of Rupee. I thought I might have to carry him on some days, but instead, he took the lead and pulled me along," Lefson said.
"I hope his accomplishment will compel people to be kinder to animals, especially strays. We need to realise that every life matters," she added.
Rupee and his owner trekked across rickety bridges and wet mountain paths, dodging landslides along the way.