Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best News of the Week

My favorite story in the news this week is all about a dog. Shocker, right? Ha!

Y'all probably, at the very least, heard a snippet or two about this story. It seems that a stray dog in Ecuador got attached to a Swedish adventure team and became a part of their team.

The dog's name is Arthur and he quickly became a member of the Swedish Peak Performance team who was in Ecuador competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship. This is a grueling race through the Amazonian rain forest in which the athletes hike, kayak and bike for 430 miles.

Team Peak Performance says that after six days, they "crossed the finish line with 5 members instead of 4 as the 12th top team in the world."

One of the athletes made friends with the stray dog and shared his meatball. But it didn't end there. The man's kindness made a huge difference to this dog who then followed the team

I love this part of the story the most:

 "The organization gave the advice not to bring dog Arthur out on the last leg — a dog in the kayak didn't seem like a great idea — and the team was going to follow this advice.
"Mike, Simon, Staffan and Karen put their kayaks down in the water and set off, but Arthur refused to be left and started swimming. This was too heartbreaking for the team, and Mikael helped Arthur up in the kayak. This led to standing ovations from everyone on the shore, seeing the five (!) team mates set off."

The story of Arthur, a stray who adopted a team of Swedish athletes competing in Ecuador, spread quickly after he refused to be left behind.

This comment expresses my sentiments exactly:

"Thank you for sharing this story with the world. We need to witness more happy endings and acts of compassion."

Indeed we do, friend. Indeed we do.

Arthur, because of the generosity of the team and people around the world, is now going to be able to go home with Lindnord, the athlete who shared that fateful meatball.

And I imagine they will live happily ever after.

Y'all can read about it on NPR's site.


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