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Joanne Lefson's Stray from Ahound the World is Named Top Dog

Ahound the WorldRupee is a former stray who became famous after climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest. He was lauded as one of the top five dogs of 2014 by the International Business Times on National Dog Day.

Rupee’s owner Joanne Lefson wrote about the trek to Everest and a few more of her adventures with her dog in Ahound the World. Lefson undertook an eight month journey with her dog to raise awareness for the plight of stray animals worldwide.

National Dog Day 2014 is being held to celebrate man’s best friend and all the things they do for people across the globe – from being a regular family pet, to a guide dog, to serving on the frontline with armed forces.

Launched in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, the event has since taken off, with thousands now celebrating Dog Day.

To mark National Dog Day, here are the top five heart-warming (and heart-breaking) news stories from the last 12 months.

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