Swedish meatballs are after all delicious.

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Multisport is one of the toughest sports in the world and the World championship took place in Ecuador last week. It includes several days of running, biking and white water rafting and Sweden did of course send a team to participate in it. They were four travelling to the championship but five returning. The team was resting high up in the mountains when a street dog suddenly came for a visit, he was dirty and hurt and looked hungry so one of the team members gave him a meatball because he had just opened a tin with meatballs to have as dinner.

 

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He didn’t think more of it but the dog did πŸ™‚ He decided to become a member of the team and started to follow them and they named him Arthur. No matter how deep the mud they were running through was he just continued and he didn’t care that they were forcing through jungles either (well Swedish meatballs aren’t famous for nothing πŸ™‚ and he was probably the first human to ever be kind to the dog ). But then they came to the white water rafting, (70 km (43,5 miles)) sorry, it was 700km (435 miles nothing else) all in theΒ functionary team said that they had to leave him so they prepared to say good bye.Β 

 

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Well Arthur thought otherwise, Swedish meatballs are after all rather delicious :-), and started to swim after the rafts. One of the team members then stopped and went back after the dog and placed him on his raft (I guess all team members thought the same) and lend the dog his jacket. Every now and again Arthur jumped in to the river to get a fish and when he returned the team member put his jacket around him. He said it was a bit hard to paddle with a dog in his lap but he just couldn’t leave the dog.Β 

 

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He had already decided to bring the dog with him home to Sweden when he crossed the finish line but we do have very strict rules when it comes to bring a dog to this country from outside the EU. He called Swedish authorities and first they said ok but then they changed their minds because they read in the news papers that the dog was injured and thought it might be too much for the dog to fly all that way. Also, the dog wasn’t vaccinated towards rabies and that’s a must. He didn’t have a micro chip either so they could identify him when he arrived and if he was coming here he would have to sit in quarantine for four months and that costs a fortune.

 

Yes this is the time of year when even Nova is allowed to walk without a leash, in places where I can see if there are any hares :-)

Yes this is the time of year when even Nova is allowed to walk without a leash, in places where I can see if there are any hares πŸ™‚

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They had finally stopped shedding fur and now they start again. Yay!

 

 

It is amazing what people can do when they want something. They found a vet that vaccinated Arthur and also gave him that vaccine and cleared him for transport to Sweden. But there was still no ok from Sweden. Finally the minister of social affairs in Ecuador helped and they got the last paper for an ok from Sweden 20 minutes before liftoff πŸ™‚ Yesterday the dog and the team arrived to Sweden πŸ™‚ They think Arthur is seven years old and I do wonder what he will think of our winters after living in Ecuador all his life πŸ™‚ My guess is that the quarantine cost will be enormous (around 50 000 swedish kronor, around $7150 US) but so many people have loved this story that I guess that he will get financially help from lots of people here.

 

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I wonder if this is an old millstone from when they just put a few seeds on the stone and crushed them by dragging another stone over them? That would explain why it has an indentation.

 

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Here is a link to the Swedish article with photos of the dog, the new owner and the entire team. Arthur!

Have a great day!

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12 responses

  1. Hi Christer,
    What a great story. Arthur needs an English Facebook page of his own, like Fleur the Sweet Pittie. He’ll get lots of followers and money for his confinement.
    I’m not sure about the Swedish meatballs, though. Especially the idea of canned Swedish meatballs. Cold canned Swedish meatballs. But I suppose dogs would like them very much. πŸ™‚ I like the meatball part. It’s the sauce that gets me.

    That stone does look like it could be a grindstone. I’d call it a metate and the stone held in the hand and moved over the grain is a mano. It would depend on how big it is, though. Could just be a piece of decorative masonry. πŸ™‚

    The pack is looking very fit and furry.

    Sunny and freezing today. I have to do errands and I don’t want to go out to do them. I’m waiting for a few more degrees of “warmth” before I leave. Hah.

    Enjoy the day.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      It is!

      Normally one doesn’t need to go through quarantine but this happened so fast that there was no time what so ever to check for mopre serious diseases. I wouldn’t be surprised if he will get his own fb page πŸ™‚

      There are actually a few good varieties with canned meayballs but they do taste more liked boiled ones. We love our brown sauce to the meatballs and we always have lingonberry jam with them. No meatballs without lingonberry jam!

      Grindstone and metate! I just couldn’t find the right words! Millstones are round as far as I know. It is rather big that stone but this area is no area for decorative masonry πŸ™‚ The only stones here are foundation stones or stones from old tombs πŸ™‚

      Soo furry and now theyt drop it all again!

      Still fairly warm here but if the sky clears up it will be rather cold tonight.

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  2. jz

    awwww…what a nice story! will the man be able to visit arthur while he is in quarantine? swedish meatballs are wonderful!

    November 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      It is a nice story πŸ™‚ Normally there’s no need for quaratine but this happened so fast so they couldn’t do all necessary tests I guess. I hope they’ll be allowed to visit him, I actually don’t know but it would be cruel to both the dog and his new family if they weren’t allowed to.

      I do like them and we always have lingonberry jam with them πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  3. Well tgat is just about the best story ever!
    Thanks so much for sharing, it really brightened my day!
    πŸ˜ƒ

    November 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    • Hi Cindi!

      It is a nice story and I just saw the latest news on tv πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  4. that is amazing,

    November 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    • Hi Laurie!

      I do like this story πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  5. Christer,
    I loved that story and love the persistence of the Swedish team. Arthur is great looking and it is wonderful to see him following his team.

    Nova must be a happy dog to have the leash gone. No matter the time of year I could never trust Gracie. A dog, a cat or a rabbit and she’s gone.

    Have a wonderful evening!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    • Hi Kat!

      I do like stories like this even if I feel we have enough with dogs without a home here in Sweden as it is but this was supposed to happen I think πŸ™‚ The man now owning Arthur sas himself that he doesn’t bvelieve in destiny but this he felt was meant to happen πŸ™‚

      She does like walking without the leash and to be able to chase after Sune πŸ™‚ Thankfully it’s only hares and squirrels she sort of get totally insane by seeing, nothing else seems interesting enough πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

  6. Dianna

    Hi Christer! That is the best story I have read in a long while. Yay for that team for saving Arthur! We love Swedish meatballs here too! We have a few Ikea stores and go and buy their big bag of swedish meatballs and lingonberry sauce. So delicious!!! Have a good Saturday!

    November 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

    • Hi Dianna!

      I do like how they sacrified their chance of winning a medal but they say they too made a few mistakes so they don’t blame the dog πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      No meatballs without lingonberry sauce πŸ™‚ I’ve never bought IKEA’s meatballs, in fact I haven’t been to IKEA for over 20 years now πŸ™‚ Perhaps time to take a trip next summer πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      November 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

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