Picture of the Day: The Himalayan Dog Wanderer
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During a trek through the Himalayan outback, photographer Sebastian Wahlhuetter noticed a dog that had started following his group. As he recalls in a blog post:
“This dog just appeared out of nowhere and followed us for an entire week during our trekking trip in the Himalayan outback. He always used to sleep in front of our tent and guarded us in the nights. When I got up at 4 a.m. to climb the next 5000 m peak for sunrise he accompanied me as well. On the top he was sitting for the entire 30 minutes on this place looking straight into the countryside. I’m normally quite reserved towards dogs, but this one became a real friend to me.”
After Sebastian posted the picture to 500px it then made its way to reddit on 27 January 2014 where it reached the top spot on the front page, spreading like wildfire across the net shortly thereafter.
In fact, another redditor, u/fourfa, even came across the same dog whilst trekking through the Himalayas, sharing photos of his own.
The entire experience was a valuable one for the young photographer. You can read all about the excitement and frustration of his image going viral on his blog. For more, be sure to follow Sebastian on Facebook. Prints are also available through 500px.