Arthur the Ecuadorian stray dog is almost ready to go home after his travels across the ocean and a long stint in quarantine. The adorable dog made headlines last November when he refused to leave a group of Swedish adventurers on an extreme sports race through the Amazon. The dog stayed by Mikael Lindord and his team’s side as they hiked, climbed and kayaked hundreds of miles through Ecuador.
Arthur met the team as they were sitting down for a meal. Feeling sorry for the scruffy dog, they fed him a meatball. Soon after, they realized Arthur was following them and showed no sign of stopping. The group had two final stages of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship and Arthur was there for the ride.
The group tried to get rid of Arthur, for his own safety, on several occasions, but the determined dog wouldn’t have it. When they started off for a 36-mile kayak, Arthur jumped right in the water, swimming beside them. Lindord did what all animal lovers would do, he reached over and brought the struggling dog aboard the kayak. The team soon accepted that Arthur would be there with the team for the rest of the journey.
At the end of the race, Lindord and the team took the dog to a local vet. Lindord decided then and there that Arthur was going to be a permanent member of the team and would go back to Sweden with them. His application to bring Arthur over was approved by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, and Linord couldn’t have been happier.
“I almost cried in front of the computer, when receiving the decision from Jordbruksverket (Board of Agriculture) in Sweden,” wrote Lindord on the team’s Facebook page.
Earlier this month, the team went to visit Arthur at the quarantine facility where he was being held. Despite originally being scheduled for release on February 5th, Arthur was still not in good enough shape to leave the facility.
“We met a very happy dog and it didn’t take a second before he recognized us and jumped onto my knee,” writes Lindord, “we were so happy to see him today.”
According to the Facebook post, Arthur is looking much healthier than he was post-race. His nails are growing back, his skin looks better and his ears are much cleaner. The last wound he had on his back is almost completely healed. Though they were disappointed that Arthur isn’t ready to go home, the team praises the quarantine staff for doing an amazing job caring for this adventure dog.
Arthur may be going home as soon as next month, and we are sure he will have quite the life living with Lindord! “I came to Ecuador to win the World Championship. Instead, I got a new friend,” said Lindord. Good luck, Arthur!
Lead image source: Peak Performance Adventure Racing/Facebook