From kennel to cockpit: Oscar the dog catches a helicopter over the Grand Canyon and hops on a hot air balloon in latest leg of world tourFurry flier is well used to planes after visiting more than 30 countriesHe was adopted from a kennel by owner Joanne Lefson and now the tiny traveller helps her raise awareness about the plight of unwanted dogs
Globe-trotting Oscar the dog has flown over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and crossed the Golden Gate bridge in the latest stage of his world tour.
After visiting more than 30 countries and stopping at iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China during his great journey three years ago, the plucky pup was ready to take to the skies again.
Oscar, who travels with his owner Joanne Lefson, has now braved a hot air balloon flight, helicopter ride and more plane trips as he ticks more destinations off his list, including Germany, Brussels and the Netherlands.
Woof air: Brave Oscar takes a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
Hanging out: The ten-year-old is absolutely fearless after having visited more than 30 countries
Doggy vision: Oscar prepares for another flight – on a hot air balloon in Cape Town
Not just hot air: The little dog was very excited over his trip in a balloon
Approving woof: Adopted Oscar and owner Joanne Lefson meet the pilot in the cockpit of a plane
Ms Lefson, who is half-British, rescued Oscar from a South African kennel eight years ago – just a day before he was due to be put down.
Thepair began their epic journey across five continents in 2009 in a bid to help millions of dogs without a home, visiting more than 20,000 dog shelters on the way.
Theten-year-old canine has also recently revisited some of his favourite spots including Nevada, France and India, meaning he has now travelled more than 150,000 kilometres – twice the circumference of the earth.
Ms Lefson,who uses money made from the sale of her home to fund trips, said she would not stop travelling and raising awareness until every dog had a home.
Plane brilliant: The well-travelled pup is used to having his head in the clouds
Pets win prize: At the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and trying his hand at golf with owner Ms Lefson during the U.S. Golf Championship in San Francisco
Sporting chance: Unstoppabler Oscar goes for a ride to warm up for a tough competition
She said: “Travel remains in our bloodstream as does the case for dog adoption. An estimated half a billion dogs on the planet are homeless.
“When they”re adopted, we”ll unbuckle our seat belts and put our paws up.
“Oscarloved the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon he seemed a little disappointed there weren”t any crocs in the Canyon but anxiously watchedat every turn for the odd animal to visually chase.
“Duringthe balloon ride he barked his brains out. There must be something about all that fire in the sky that makes him barking mad.
Cosmopolitan: Oscar by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and with owner Joanne Lefson and friends in Las Vegas, Nevada
What a star: Oscar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles
Travelling in style: Oscar tries out yet another mode of transport in Amsterdam
Far from his basket: California”s beautiful Yosemite National Park was another fascinating landscape for the dog to take in
Canine companion: A Tuc Tuc driver in New Delhi doesn”t quite know what to make of his unusual passenger
Kennel kid: If Ms Lefson had not adopted Oscar from the shelter, he might not have had a loving owner – or the chance to visit so many far-flung spots
“Perhaps his most impressive achievement is that he has endured several flights lasting 16 hours and more and hasn”t even lifted a leg.
“It”s a miracle he”s still even alive though. If I hadn”t gone to the kennel that fateful day Oscar would have had one more day left and would have been put down.
“When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was it broke my heart to think how many Oscars are still out there and simply just don”t get that second chance.
“I want to change perceptions of shelter dogs being old, abused and disturbed animals. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Le chien: Oscar checks out the Eiffel Tower in Paris, having now visited France several times
Just barking: Oscar has some fun with a novel disguise on a beach in Malibu
Snowy surprise: Oscar meets Tin Tin and his equally adventurous pal in Brussels
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