A stray dog joined theÂ Swedish team in the multi-sports Championships in Ecuador. Team captain Mikael Lindnord gave him a meatball â€“ after that he chose Michael as his new master.
It all started with me giving Arthur a meatball when we weâ€™re eating right before the long trekking. When we set off we did it with some other teams, and I didnâ€™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.
When we got in to the TA, Simon was feeling very bad and we had a few hours stop here for him to get checked up by the medics. As we were leaving, the organisers adviced us not to bring Arthur, as it was a big dog and it could be unsafe on the water. But when we set off in the kayaks, he started swimming after us. It was too heartbreaking and we felt we couldnâ€™t leave him, so we picked him up. 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 to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped in to the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear ourjackets. 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.
When we finished, everyone wanted to ask about the dog and he has slept outside our hotel room tonight. Right now weâ€™re at a cafÃ© and heâ€™s just lying here at our feet. We are looking in to the possibility to bring him back to Sweden.
Arthur is now coming with the team to Sweden on the same flight as the team, later to be quarantined in Sweden for four months and then move in with Mikael. It will cost $6700, but there is no doubt that Arthur is worth it.
I received an email from a friend of the site asking for help with her dog Tidbit. It seems Tidbit has become very ill and has to be hospitalized for four days because of complications due to diabetes and his owner has fallen on hard times and is having a hard time paying for the hospitalization. As you might have already guessed, I’m a softie when it comes to animals. I have two dogs and a cat and I love them more than anything and I can’t imagine having a sick animal and not have the means to pay for their treatment. There is a fundraising page setup to help Tidbit’s owner pay for the cost. Any amount donated is truly appreciated! Wishing Tidbit all the best!
This dog was unable to gaze at his beloved cat due to some menacing potted plants, but true love won in the end. Â
I love my master;
Â Thus I perfume myself with
Â This long-rotten squirrel.
Â I lie belly-up
Â In the sunshine, happier than
Â You ever will be
Â Today I sniffed
Â Many dog butts-I celebrate
Â By kissing your face.
Â I sound the alarm!
Â Mailman Fiend-come to kill us all-
Â Look!Â Look!Â Look!Â Look!
Â I sound the alarm!
Â Neighbor’s cat-come to kill us all!
Â Look! Look! Look! Look!
Â My human is home!
Â I am so ecstatic I have
Â Made a puddle
Â I hate my choke chain –
Â Look, world, they strangle me! Ack
Â Ack Ack Ack Ack!
Â Sleeping here, my chin
Â On your foot – no greater bliss – well,
Â Maybe catching cats
Â The cat is not all
Â Bad-she fills the little box
Â With Tootsie Rolls
Â Dig under fence-why
Â Because it’s there.Â Because it’s
Â There.Â Because it’s there.
Â I am your best friend,
Â Now, always, and especially
Â When you are eating.
Â My owners’ mood is
Â Romantic-I lie near their feet.
Â I fart a big one.
I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.
And I ate a lot of hamburgers. We had a party. Note: This wasn’t my dog or situation; I thought it was worth sharing though. The photos and captions on this post have been reproduced as they originally appeared on photographer Robyn Arouty’s blog. http://www.robynarouty.com/
And I laughed.