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Sausage dog climbs to top of Snowdon in one day and people can't believe it

Wales Online logo Wales Online 15/09/2021 Chloe Bowen

A Dachshund has left people amazed after it managed to climb Mount Snowdon in just a matter of hours.

The dog breed is known for their little legs but Ralph had the energy and stamina to make the hike in an impressive time to celebrate his 2nd birthday.

Lauren Lowiss and her partner, from Lincoln, were on a four-day holiday in Caernarfon, when they decided to make the excursion with their dog while in the area.

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They started from the bottom of Snowdon at 6.30am with incredibly fit Ralph rearing to tackle the rocks.

As a trio, they managed to reach the peak of Snowdon in just five-and-a-half hours and the long-haired silver dapple gave climbers quite a shock when they saw the small statured canine sitting atop the summit.

Lauren,24, told TeamDogs : “There were some surprised people at the top because all the other dogs at the summit were much larger breeds to Ralph, and on the way back we had a few people asking if he had made it all the way to the summit.”

Ralph is no stranger to long walks so Lauren knew he would be up for the challenge.

Their last holiday in the Lake District involved a lot of hikes and long walks as well.

She said: “We took an easier trail, the Snowdon Ranger Path as neither of us had ever climbed it before. But it was really manageable and not too steep for us or Ralph.

"On the day it was forecast hot weather, so we started walking at around 6:30am to avoid as much of the heat as possible, so on the way up it was really cool and shady.”

a dog standing on top of a mountain: Ralph managed to climb each step of the way and reached the summit in a smashing time © Lauren Lowiss Ralph managed to climb each step of the way and reached the summit in a smashing time

From start to summit to finish, the Snowdon Ranger path is roughly eight miles with a total ascent of just under 950 metres.

According to online miles to step calculator, that distance is just over 18,000 steps - for humans.

Mail Online has previously reported about an owner who attached a GPS tracker on their dog during a walk and discovered they walked twice the amount of steps, meaning Ralph could have trotted up to 36,000 little steps on Snowdon.

According to Lauren though, he loved every one.

a dog sitting in the grass: The sausage dog celebrated his 2nd birthday hiking the highest mountain in Wales © Lauren Lowiss The sausage dog celebrated his 2nd birthday hiking the highest mountain in Wales

She said: “Ralph really enjoyed it, he really enjoys climbing up the rocky bits.

“We had a stop at the top and then a few quick stops on the way back down, you could tell Ralph was getting tired when we had about a mile left, but he still kept on walking and smashed it.

“He slept well that night, he was even falling asleep while sat up when we got back”

To prepare for the birthday boys climb, Lauren looked up the best trails for dogs and looked online at other people’s experiences of walking up Snowdon.

They also made sure they took plenty of water and food as the visitor centre at the top is currently closed.

If you have a favourite route for your dog walks, be sure to sign up at TeamDogs and leave a recommendation as well as your pictures.

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