Dion Leonard was surprised to find a stray dog at his heels in the middle of a grueling 250 kilometer race known as The Gobi March. He was even more surprised when she kept up with a full day’s 25 kilometer run. The little dog not only made it, but kept following, and on the pair’s second day together, she snuggled up to sleep with her new friend.
“This is something else than just a little dog following me.” – Dion Leonard
The race organizer intervened on the hottest days and transported her to the next checkpoint so she could cheer on her new best friend at the finish line.
Meet Dion & Gobi? Gobi is a stray dog that joined Dion as he raced 250km across Gobi Desert with @4deserts in June. Gobi ‘chose’ Dion & wouldn’t leave his side. Dion fell in love with this magical little dog and is now doing his best to bring her home to him in Scotland. #bringgobihome #4deserts#gobimarch#dogsofinstagram
When it was time to pack up and return home, Dion didn’t want to leave her behind. A crowdfund was set up to help pay for the newly christened ‘Gobi’ to get through quarantine and fly to Dion in Scotland. The funding was quickly exceeded and Gobi will soon make her way to where she so desperately wants to be— by Dion Leonard’s side.
— Dion Leonard (@Oh_Yes_Please) July 28, 2016
Dion and Gobi’s story has warmed hearts across the globe. Dion has set up a Facebook page to follow his dog’s progress home.
Hat tip: The Sydney Morning Herald