by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 November 2013

This is a really awesome feel good story. Break and read in case you’re having a bad day. Rupee was an eight-month old stray puppy, dying of starvation and dehydration in a dump in Northern India. Joanne Lefson found him and decided to nurse him back to health. She told the Daily Mail, ‘When I saw him on that dumpsite he couldn’t have had more than an hour to live. He couldn’t even walk ten meters without collapsing’. She continues, ‘The little fellow had heart, I could tell that but he was very weak from having no food and water for days, perhaps weeks’.

Eventually, Rupee became strong again. So strong, in fact, that he started climbing mountains (we’re assuming Eye of the Tiger played in the background) He didn’t suffer from any altitude sickness like most dogs would because he was born in the Himalayas. Now, he has climbed 10 days all the way to the Mount Everest basecamp, which is 17,000 feet above sea level. Rupee, once a stray dog that was given a second chance at life, is now the very first dog to climb Mount Everest.

Cue: tears of joy, people, tears of joy.

Via My Modern Met