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Dec 07

A Heart-Warming Dog Story

In Brief—A refreshing change from the tragedy of death, suffering and injustice that floods America and the world, this is the heart-warming true story of a stray dog in Ecuador that is adopted and brought to a new home in Sweden. In case you haven’t seen it, this is one you must check out.

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Deep in the Ecuadorian rain forest a hungry stray dog eyes the meatballs an athlete eats. Giving way to compassion for the hungry dog, Mikael Lindnord of the four-person Swedish team gives the hungry dog a meatball and a bond is formed. The dog, named Arthur, becomes a team member and struggles along with the team members who face daunting obstacles as they compete in the grueling world Adventure Racing championships.

Ignore the ads, the come-ons and the promos to find out about Arthur, Mikael and his teammates as they struggle against nature to win the top prize. Though they fail to win first place (they came in 12th), Mikael wins the larger prize of Arthur’s friendship, and Arthur finds a new home in Sweden.

Click on either of the links below to read and see this heart-warming adventure of struggle and friendship. The first, on buzzfeed is my favorite, but both have the story. The buzzfeed link has a short filmed version at the end that you might enjoy (if you don’t mind a short commercial).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/this-stray-dog-followed-an-extreme-sports-team-all-the-way-t

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2846228/Meet-Arthur-stray-dog-followed-extreme-sports-team-grueling-430-mile-race-Amazon-rainforest-refused-leave-finish.html

Let me know what you think.

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  1. Dave Meyers

    Great story Don. Good things DO happen in this world…no?

    I never had a dog while growing up and really never developed the enthusiasm for them that so many people have…especially here in Colorado.
    Marilyn and I often feel left out when we go hiking or gather with friends that bring their dogs and tell endless stories about them.
    So, since we aren’t interested in taking on the responsibility for real, we did the next best thing……we adopted FAUX. He’s our new best friend and we brag about him as others brag about their dogs and we now feel more kinship with our dog-loving circle of friends.
    Faux is a good dog…we never have to clean up after him and we never have to worry about such things as feeding or bathing him.
    Our friends ask about him from time to time and we can always report that we imagine that he’s doing just fine. Our Dog Faux….. http://home.comcast.net/~dmeyers2/ourdogfaux.jpg

    1. Don Bay

      Having seen photos of Faux, I can just imagine how proud you must be to have such a dog. Our Sheltie can never live up to Faux’s accomplishments. And unlike our dog, Faux looks almost human.The common wisdom is that the owners look just like their dog. Hmm-m-m.

      But to those who are taken with Arthur and his adventures, my last check showed him to be in Swedish quarantine where they will make sure Arthur is disease free. By now, however, I expect he is learning Swedish words and is busy sniffing the daily dog news on his walks with Mikael and his family. If any readers have up-to-date information on Arthur, let me know right away so I can post it.

  2. Donna

    That’s a marvelous story, Don. And the fact that it is true makes it even better. The poor dog looked terrible when he first showed up, but they must have groomed him a little, and the food helped, I’m sure. I’m glad he ended up in the home of one of the contestants, and that he is in Sweden now.
    Do dogs have bi-lingual barks?

    1. Don Bay

      If you read my response to Dave’s comment about Faux, you know that Arthur was in Swedish quarantine the last time I checked.

      I answering your question about canine bi-lingual skills, I harbor the suspicion that Arthur is learning Swedish faster than I did. From what I have read, mixed-breed dogs—which Arthur clearly is— are smarter than the proverbial whip. Best guess is that Arthur will be fitting in nicely to Swedish society.

  3. Moorhouse Katharine

    Oh Don, What an uplifting way to start my day, as I sit here propped up in my bed enjoying my first cup of coffee with not one, not two, but three of my dogs snoozing here with me. It’s not yet light outside, but the girls have already been up and out, watered and fed, now back on the bed to doze until the sun comes up. Loved the story of Arthur, by the way I wouldn’t mind adopting Mikael : )

    1. Don Bay

      Those dogs know a good thing when they see it…getting to share a bed with an attractive woman. Three dogs eh? You should compare notes with Kathy who has four or five (I lose count sometimes) and is a real softie for dogs. One thing you can be sure of: your canine friends won’t challenge you for that coffee. BTW, I’ll bet we can beat you on the darkness thing. The sun is already below the horizon by three.

      Let me know if you get any late-breaking news on Arthur. His story is enough to lift anybody’s day. Oh, and Mikael’s already spoken for.

  4. Brenda

    Yes, I had seen a bit about this wonderful relationship. At least there is a “real” human out there who cares.

    1. Don Bay

      Artur’s good luck in taking a meatball from Peak Performance’s team leader, Mikael Lindnord, resulted in the Lindnord family of Sweden winning a special friend who will join the family as soon as Arthur is released from the quarantine where he’s currently in residence. Lindnord isn’t the only one who cares. The evidence shows that there are lots of caring people in the world. Kathy and Bob Contreras are two of those.

      Kathy and Bob found the dog they named Radar wandering alongside a busy highway, having been abandoned. Radar was both blind and suffered from seizures, but he became a treasured member of the Contreras family, just one of the many abandoned dogs Kathy and Bob have adopted. They currently have five. So there are caring people out there. Readers are encouraged to go to their nearest shelter or pound to find a wonderful friend to join their family.There’s a Radar or an Arthur just waiting for their own caring friend.

      As I promised, I have added an update on Arthur to tomorrow’s (December 14, 2014) piece. Arthur is doing fine. Check it out.

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