Sometimes we choose dogs — and sometimes they choose us. A scruffy, yellow Ecuadorean street dog followed a team of Swedish trekkers on a race through the Amazon. He became the star of the race and ended up becoming the trusty companion to the team's captain.
The World's Andrea Crossan is our animal beat reporter. And she loves it. Her list of the best animal stories of 2014 includes a shaggy dog named Arthur, a sexy shark named Lydia and boozy birds ending up in the drunk tank.