Arthur, a young traveler, making a canoe trip one Sunday morning to spend his leisure time and take some good pictures, saw an obstacle on his way in the form of a small island covered with branches. Among them stood and looked in his direction a frightened skinny dog. Arthur was shocked by what he saw: the little one was so emaciated and pathetic!
The dog was wagging his tail in a friendly manner, despite his weakness and visible inner tension. His weak body was shivering from the cold, and his thin ribs were clearly visible through his thin, blue skin. How he had ended up here, whether he had fallen behind the people long ago, whether he had lost his way — there were no answers to these and other questions that popped up in the rower’s mind, but the young man realized that he could not abandon the lonely and exhausted dog. Arthur felt responsible for the dog’s fate and decided to act.
Later, remembering this story, the boy told his family and friends: «It seemed to me at that moment that my heart would burst out of my chest because of the excitement I felt!
Arthur got out of his kayak and ran as fast as possible through the water towards the dog.
Just in case, he decided to shout loudly, hoping to see, perhaps, a fisherman or someone else from the people nearby, but the young man, having issued a shout, realized that there was no one around, and the dog was really all alone here. After reaching the triumphant dog, the lad carried him into the kayak.
A little later, having warmed and fed the dog, the young man became concerned about the following moment: he was sailing on the territory of another country (Central America), which meant that there could be certain difficulties with the dog. The little dog, which he named Bari, was clearly in need of help, and Arthur was thinking about how he could help the animal further.
After 24 hours the guy had to go back, but he did not want to leave the stray dog.
And found not indifferent people who began to actively help! Someone brought more food, someone helped to escort Arthur and the dog to the veterinarian, so that the lost dog could be examined by a specialist. And after a while Bari was already examined by a girl-veterinarian, she took his tests and washed the baby’s body from dirt, treated his fur from fleas.
Unfortunately, after a couple of hours the young man had to return to the hotel, and the dog remained under the doctor’s control. The veterinarian promised to keep in touch with Arthur and inform the guy about the condition of the found animal.
The tests showed that there were no serious deviations in Bari’s health, and Artur was happy about this and other news coming regularly from the doctor. But only one thought worried the photographer — the dog could not be taken with him, so the young man was forced to find people who agreed to take Bari for a period of time.
A young lady named Melanie became a «foster mom» for the dog for the next two months. She often sent Arthur videos and photos to let him know how his friend Bari was doing. There is no doubt that the growing, gaining weight dog was happy, pampered, had a roof over his head, a warm bed, food, and, most importantly, care and contact with people.
After a couple of months, the strengthened dog went to Arthur in Dallas, the guy decided to keep the dog and take him into his home. The long-awaited meeting for the photographer took place at the airport.
«It was an exciting moment for me, I was thinking at the time: ‘What if Bari does not remember me?» — told later the guy.
And it was really true, in the first minutes of the meeting, the dog did not fully realize how to react to Arthur and began sniffing his sneakers. But after a couple of minutes Bari jumped up on his hind legs and began to jump merrily, back and forth wagging his tail.
Soon the owner and his friendly dog were already in Montana, where the young man lived and worked, and the pet found himself in a real snowy kingdom. It was an incredible sight: after hot Belize to suddenly find yourself in a completely different place, in a winter fairy tale, and the dog was obviously delighted with what he saw!