"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."
Photos of the devoted dog swimming to stay with his new friends led one fan to call the moment "magical."
The team says that after six days, they "crossed the finish line with 5 members instead of 4 as the 12th top team in the world."
After some uncertainty, Lindnord managed to work out a way to bring his new best friend back to live with his family in Sweden: He and his teammates opened a Paypal account and mounted a Twitter campaign to raise money to bring Arthur home. They've also had him treated for a nasty wound to his back that he had suffered months before they met in him the rainforest.#doglovers #forloveofdogs #extremeatheletes