Dog Summits 23,389-foot Baruntse, in Nepal’s Himalaya

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https://www.outsideonline.com/2390456/first-dog-ascent-baruntse-nepal about a dog that attached herself to a group of climbers on their way up the mountian, would not give up and went all the way to the top (and back down).
Because many dogs in the area have rabies, the locals generally don't like them much. However, her spunkiness forged a connection with the sherpas who now consider her good luck. One of them adopted her.
 
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Wow, how did she not get frost bite!
Fur?

She did not have problems with the altitude either.
Probably inherited genes adapting her to high altitude from her local dog ancestors.
I have read Tibetan people have inherited something like a high altitude hemoglobin from either Denisovans or Neanderthals.
 
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Here is a Science news article about altitude adaptations in Tibetan dogs.
They may have gotten adaptive genes from wolves (locally adapted ones).
It also talks about the Tibetans getting genes from the Denisovans.

The original article has some great pictures.
 
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Well I have a dog and she begs to come in after about 30min in the teens.
So clearly you need to go outside and sit with her and show her the videos from this thread. You can inspire her! :smile:
 
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