Team Peak Performance came in 12th at the Adventure World Racing Championships – but for us doggies around the world – you are our Number 1 Team!
This is the story of Arthur, a scruffy stray dog on the streets of Ecuador.
One day Arthur came across the Swedish endurance team who was taking part in the racing championship.
The team was preparing to embark on their 40km jungle trek when Mikael Lindnord, the team captain, thinking nothing of it, shared a meatball with Arthur. As they set off for the final leg of the race, Arthur, as he is now called, decided he would join the team in their race. It was only a few kilometres on, when the team realised Arthur was following them.
It was an extremely strenuous hike, parts of it through knee-high mud. On several occasions, Arthur got stuck in it. The team had to pull him out but that did not deter him from going on – because I bet he knows good people when he meets them.One day, Arthur was totally wrecked when he could not find food in the jungle. The team fed him their food to make sure he could carry on.
And waited for the team as they recovered.
The last leg of the race was a 59km coastal race on a kayak. The organisers warned them against taking Arthur. They heeded the warning and set off in the kayak leaving Arthur on the shores. But nothing was going to stop him and he began to swim after them. Mikael couldn’t bear seeing him like that and pulled Arthur onto the kayak. But silly Arthur didn’t make it easy on the team. He thought it’s quite fun to swim in the water so he jumped in a few times, or maybe he was getting a bit seasick on the kayak. Eventually he got cold and was shivering – and the team had to give up their jackets for him to keep warm!
Six days later, Team Peak Performance crossed the finish line not with four but five team members. But the story did not end there. Arthur had a big wound on his back when they first found him, so upon their return, the team took Arthur to the vet.
The Team had posted on Facebook about Arthur and he garnered media attention. Everywhere he went, people asked if he was Arthur! He became an instant celebrity.
Finally Lindnord received word that Arthur was allowed to go home with him.
But they weren’t certain until Arthur was at the airport leaving Quito, Ecuador
With the flight crew –
And then a welcome at Arlanda Airport in Sweden! “I came to Ecuador to win the World Championship. Instead, I got a new friend.” says Mikael Lindnord.
You are one lucky dog, Arthur. But it was your tenacity and loyalty that captured the hearts of the team and the world.
May’s comment: This story has made it around the world – and a You Tube video to definitely make you cry.
So many people have asked to donate and an Arthur Foundation has been set up to help other “Arthurs” – an even more beautiful ending. Team Peak Performance Facebook page