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Stray Dog Finishes The Toughest Race On Earth To Find His Furever Home

What a pup! When the Swedish Peak Performance team started the final leg of the Adventure Racing World Series, they had no idea that they would face a situation very unlikely in the tough world of adventure racing (which is basically the hardest thing any hooman can do. It's like a triatholan but way longer and through insane terrains, like jungles and deserts and mountains). [caption id="attachment_28301" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Imgur Image via Imgur[/caption] Instead of finishing a team member down, they ended up adding one. And this one had four legs and a tail. [caption id="attachment_28331" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Imgur Image via Imgur[/caption] Yes, that's right, the fifth unexpected Swedish Peak Performance team member is a pup. And it all happened because of a Swedish meatball (and yes, we do think this pup should now be the mascot for Ikea). [caption id="attachment_28303" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] As team leader team captain Mikael Lindnord explained to a Swedish news source, "I saw a scruffy miserable dog in the corner of my eye. I thought he was hungry and gave him a meatball. Then I thought no more of it." [caption id="attachment_28305" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] However, to this stray Ecuadorian doge, it was a meatball of love. The pup followed the team as they trekked and kayaked through the wilds of Ecuador, braving knee-high mud, filth and rushing waters to stay with them. He stood by them when one of his hooman teammates needed medical assistance, and when he got stuck in the mud, they pulled him out. [caption id="attachment_28306" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] Many times the team thought he would leave, but he always returned. He even dove into coastal waters and swam after them when they kayaked through the dead of night. The team couldn't bear to let him swim in the cold, so they pulled him onto the kayak with them. [caption id="attachment_28307" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Imgur Image via Imgur[/caption] "When we set off in the kayaks, he started swimming after us," Lindnord said. "It was too heartbreaking and we felt we couldn’t leave him, so we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off." [caption id="attachment_28308" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] In the end, all five finished the race in an extremely respectable 12th place, and the team worked to bring him back to Sweden. [caption id="attachment_28320" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_28321" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_28322" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] They were successful, and the pup, now named Arthur, has a furever home with them! [caption id="attachment_28323" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_28325" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_28327" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption] For more updates on Arthur and his full adventure with the team, check out the Team Peak Performance Facebook Page! [caption id="attachment_28328" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook Image via Peak Performance Team Facebook[/caption]
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h/t to Gear Junkie
 

Hope Bobbitt

7 years ago

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