If you are looking for a story that will thrill you and will engage you to the last line, well, then you must read the story of Arthur and Mikael.
“Arthur: the dog who crossed the jungle to find a home” by Mikael Lindnord is one of the dog-themed books that I loved the most. Maybe because I see similarities with the story of Argos, it’s a book that is in my heart.
As it happened to Argos, Arthur was found by chance. Or maybe it’s better to say that Arthur found Mikael, a Swedish athlete who was competing in an extreme race with his team in Ecuador. We can call it fate or just chance, one day Mikael finds himself face to face with Arthur. It is not the first dog he sees in a country where stray dogs are something normal. But Mikael immediately understands that Arthur is different, he reads something in his eyes, something that enters his mind.
He tries to leave that dog behind. After all, he never had a dog and he had never even thought of taking one. So he thinks it’s better for this dog to stay in his environment that belongs to him, even if it’s hard. But Arthur has decided and does not give up: that is his human. A human who arrived from the other side of the world but who for some reasons the Ecuadorian stray chooses. He does not approach the other members of the team, only Mikael.
And so he continues to follow him, through the jungle, in a path full of obstacles. He does not give up even when the team starts a section of the race with the kayak: he dives and swims to follow the team. And this is perhaps the most beautiful moment in the whole story: Mikael understands that the time has come. He has to take control of the situation. He needs to decide.
“This is the moment, I told myself. This is the moment. If you do that, it will be forever. It doesn’t matter his conditions or if he’s sick, he will be yours and yours will be the responsibility. You will not be able to push him away. You’ll have to love him. You and he will stay together forever if you do that. Remember, if you do it now, it will be forever.”
These words really touch me because It’s EXACTLY what I thought when I found Argos.
So if you are looking for some nice reading for the next holidays, “Arthur: the dog who crossed the jungle to find a home”, by Mikael Lindnord is the right one. Then let me know what do you think!