By: Betty Chu
When a team of four endurance athletes from Sweden set off on the most grueling journey of their lives, they didn't expect to pick up a fifth — FURRY — teammate along the way.
The Swedish team embarked on a 430-mile trek to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. As they began the rainforest portion of the race, team member Mikael Lindnord noticed a hungry, stray dog and gave him a meatball ... And, it was LOVE at first bite.
The dog who they soon dubbed "Arthur" continued to follow them the rest of the epic journey, which usually takes a team of four, about 10 days. The rigorous race includes biking, hiking, trekking and kayaking — Arthur kept up every step of the way!
By the end of the race, they certainly couldn't leave their new friend behind — he's headed back to Sweden to his new forever home with Lindnord. Awwww. *TEAR*
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Congratulations, Arthur and Team Sweden!