Four members of the Swedish Adventure Race World Championship team stopped for a break deep in the rainforest in Ecuador when a stray dog approached them.

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The guys treated the emaciated animal to a meatball. Never did they know what it would lead to.

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A few miles away, the boys realized that the dog was following them. The pooch was very stubborn and did not lag behind them a single step. The boys decided to name him Arthur.

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There were still several miles of trekking through the thick jungle. Several times they had to drag the animal out of the mud. During the trip, one of the participants needed medical assistance for dehydration. Arthur stayed with him while the other guys went to get help.

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When the guys reached the river, they decided that they would have to part with the faithful doggie, as they needed to paddle a canoe

But the headstrong dog went into the water and swam after them. Then they took her to their canoe.

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In the end, the team of five participants crossed the finish line.

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But the most amazing thing was yet to come.

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One of the team members, who took Arthur in his canoe, adopted him!

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On his Facebook page, Lindord wrote, "I almost cried with happiness when I got permission from the Swedish Board of Agriculture to take him in."

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Although the Swedish team finished 12th at the Championship, Lindord sees it this way: "I was going with the goal of winning the World Championship, but instead I've made a new friend."

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