A team of Swedish athletes was preparing for a 20 mile hike through the thick and dangerous Ecuadorian rainforest. They were taking part in the 430 mile Adventure Race World Series, a mix of hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and trekking over many days.
They had just opened their cans of meat when they noticed a stay dog looking at them. Mikael Lindnord saw the dog and gave him a meatball, he looked hungry and miserable. They stood up to begin their trek into the rainforest and the dog followed them and never stopped. They eventually named him Arthur after he had befriended them.
The team was worried about his safety, but he wouldn’t slow down. Arthur hiked alongside them, pushed through knee deep mud and swam through rivers. He became a part of their team They stopped when he was tired and ate when he was hungry.
He hadn’t had a problem following them up until a segment of the race consisting of a 36 mile kayak around the coast. Race organizers warned the team of the dangers so they tried to leave him there. Arthur wouldn’t have it though and jumped in the water and swam after them. Mikael Lindnord couldn’t bear to see his new friend struggling in the water, so he picked him up and put him in the kayak and they were together for the rest of the race. People watching the race from the shores burst out in uproarious applause.
After completing the race (they finished 12th) they took the dog to the vet. By this time the media had caught attention of Arthur and the team, so they set up a Paypal account to raise funds for Arthur’s medical bills. This was when Mikael submitted his application to adopt Arthur legally in Sweden. He received a reply from the Jordbruksverket (the Board of Agriculture) saying he was the new owner and he “Almost cried in front of the computer.”
Arthur is doing fantastic and getting ready to leave for his new home in Sweden. Mikael is quoted as saying “I came to Ecuador to win the World Championship. Instead, I got a new friend.”