A few months ago we posted the story of four British soccer fans named David Bewick, Ben Olssen, Adam Burns, and Pete Johnston who planned on walking from Mendoza, Argentina all the way to Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Cup. The four lads planned on documenting their journey via a Facebook page called Walk to the World Cup.
We’re glad to report that the trip went well and the quartet reached their destination safely after leaving Mendoza in March. However, when they arrived in Porto Alegre there were five of them instead of four. This is because they picked up a straggler in the form of a mixed-breed black dog along the way once they reached Solis, Uruguay.
When the dog first started following the hikers they figured he’d probably go his own way after a few miles, but that wasn’t the case. The four-legged soccer fan kept tagging along and the men began to play with and feed him. They even gave him the name Jefferson. They then believed if they stopped feeding Jefferson he may return to his home, but it seems nothing was going to deter the canine and he wanted to remain with the group. Once the men realized Jefferson had officially joined them on their journey they gave him a soccer shirt to wear and added him to their Facebook page.
This is where the story takes a turn as a man named Ignacio Etchetchury was worried sick about his missing dog named Negro, which is Spanish for black. One of his friends then happened to read a news article on the hikers and the dog and recognized it as being Etchetchury’s pet and informed him about it. Etchetchury then shot the trekkers a message on Facebook to let them know that Jefferson was in fact his missing dog Negro and not a stray.
The men had made it to Porto Alegre by this time and were looking for somebody to adopt the dog. Now they have agreed to keep the pet with them until Etchetchury can make it to Porto Alegre on June 9 to retrieve his beloved animal. The Uruguayan man will head to Brazil by bus to meet the four men who took care of Negro and will take him home. In total, the Jefferson/Negro traveled 372 miles with the British fans.