The Phantom Voice
the phantom voice
Exhausted, covered in mud and desperately hungry, a team of Swedish athletes sat down for a meal as they prepared to take on a dangerous 20-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rainforest. The Swedish group were taking part in the Adventure Racing World Championship through the Amazon rain forest, with their final two stages left. As they finally got to sit down, team member Mikael Lindnord spotted a scruffy, miserable dog. Feeling sorry for the starving animal, he gave him a meatball and thought nothing of it. But, as the team started to get ready to continue their final two stages of the race, which consisted of a 20-mile trek through the Amazon Rainforest and a 36-mile kayak around the coast, the dog started to follow the team, and didn't stop.
As the team continued on their last parts of the 430 mile Adventure Racing World Championship, they group of four befriended the dog and decided to name him King Arthur. As the race dragged on, King Arthur continued to take part in every gruelling task the team faces and even when they tried to get rid of him, he wouldn’t leave.
At one of the segments in the race, a 36 mile kayak trip around the coast- the team was told that they couldn’t bring King Arthur, so they tried to take off in the boat without him, but he jumped into the water and swam beside them until team member Mikael Lindnord pulled him into the boat. After six gruelling days, the team finished the race in 12th place, and King Arthur had suffered severely. The team decided to take him to a vet in Ecuador where King Arthur underwent serious medical care. After weeks in the veterinary facility King Arthur was finally well and ready to be part of a new home. Lindnord developed such a bond with the pooch that he decided to adopt Arthur and take him back to Sweden. He also started the Arthur Foundation, which was created with the intent to help out other stray dogs.