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    This Stray Dog Followed An Extreme Sports Team All The Way To The End Of Their Race For A Better Life


    Deep in the Ecuadorian rain forest, four Swedish athletes competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship were sitting down for a meal when they were approached by a stray dog.

    They thought nothing of throwing him a meatball. But they didn't expect what would happen next.

    Because a few kilometres later, they realised the dog was following them. He simply refused to leave their side. They named him Arthur.

    On another occasion a team-mate was dehydrated and needed medical attention: Arthur stood guard over him while they waited for it.

    Towards the end they realised they had to leave Arthur on the river bank since they were canoeing. But he dived in and followed them, so they hauled him aboard.

    And eventually, a team of five crossed the finish line.

    But guess what happened next?

    Lindord, who'd picked Arthur up and let him stay in the kayak, adopted him.

    In a Facebook post Lindord wrote that he "almost cried in front of the computer, when receiving the decision [to allow him to adopt] from Jordbruksverket [the Board of Agriculture] in Sweden."

    The team finished 12th. But as Lindord put it: "I came to Ecuador to win the World Championship. Instead, I got a new friend."

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