May 24.  On this day in 2001, Sherpa Temba Tsheri, at age 15 became the youngest person to ever scale Mount Everest.  Which got me thinking…has a dog ever made it to the top?

It seems in 2013, there were news reports that a dog by the name of Rupee, made it to the top of the world’s highest summit.  BUT – on closer study, it seems that Rupee, who was rescued from life as a stray in India, made it to the BASE camp of Everest.  Not that climbing to the base camp isn’t remarkable, but let’s face it – it’s not the same as hitting the summit.  Rupee’s owner took him to raise awareness about rescuing strays – and Rupee even had his own assistant in the event that he found the climb to base camp a bit too much.

There are reports of stray dogs reaching the base camp on their own – and also following climbers part way up to the summit.  Those are pretty tough dogs.  I am trying to convince my human that we should try it. JUST kidding.  She cycled 50 KM the other day and the next day we never heard the END of her complaining about her aches and pains.  So I’m thinking Everest is NOT on the Bucket List.  Perhaps we could start with the highest mountain here in Nova Scotia – The Pinnacle which is 1533 ft in elevation.  It ranks as the 9974th highest peak on Canada.  A perfect place for us to start. And then Everest.  With an elevation of 29, 029 ft.  So that’s the plan.  At least it’s MY plan.  Dare to dream?  Right?  It’s all about the journey….

Have a good one!

©  Linda Wozniak

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