Gobi the little dog had the right gut feeling when she decided to follow Dion Leonard as he ran the grueling Gobi desert race.
This is my feel good story for today. Enjoy.
Dion Leonard has launched a desperate fight to be reunited with the pup who kept him going through the gruelling Gobi ultra-marathon
Skipping happily across the desert alongside ultra-marathon competitor Dion Leonard, Gobi the stray dog makes the ideal running mate.
Now Dion, 41, is fighting to be reunited with the loyal pal that helped him finish the gruelling seven-day event in an impressive second place.
Runner Dion was one of 101 people taking part in the 250km race across China’s Gobi desert this year, carrying all their own supplies except water and tents.
The pup appeared as racers set off over the Tian Shan Mountains in north west China last month for the 155-mile Gobi March, part of the 4 Deserts race series, in temperatures up to 52C.
At first she seemed content to be part of the crowd – but by the second day she had latched on to Dion.
He said: “Once in camp she laid down next to me and from then on didn’t leave my side.”
Gopi had to travel in a support car for two of the race’s six legs after getting ill in the searing heat after the third stage.
But she was soon back on her paws and ran over 62 miles alongside Dion to the finish in the Black Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Dion was impressed. “She’s a fast dog,” he said. Now she is being cared for race chiefs in China as Dion tries to raise £5,000 to pay for medical care, quarantine and transport to bring her home to Edinburgh.
Mary Gadams, who founded the company behind the 4 Desert races, said: “Gobi really became the race’s mascot – she embodied the same fighting spirit as the competitors.”
The page to help unite the pair can be found at Bring Gobi Home.
I checked the crowdfunder website. There’s more than enough pledged donations to get Gobi back together with her human.