Mikael Lindnord says on the team website, “It all started with me giving Arthur a meatball when we we’re eating right before the long trekking. When we set off we did it with some other teams, and I didn’t understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there. At one stage, we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the djungle [sic].”
The team left Arthur ashore, but he jumped into the water and started paddling behind them, not wanting to leave his pack.
The water was freezing so the team pulled him back into the kayak. Lindlord recalled Arthur’s bravery:”We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off. But he was kind of in the way during the whole paddle and we had to find different paddling tecniques [sic] to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped into the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear our jackets. One time we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit and then he swam back to us.”
At the first opportunity, the team took Arthur to a vet.Arthur was suffering from a 6-month-old bloody wound on the back of his neck. Still, Arthur persevered. He was not about to leave his newfound pack.
Talk about a rags-to-riches story. Sometimes a single meatball can change your life.