As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past, he had always focused on winning and being the best but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.
"Finding Gobi" is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are "man’s best friend".
Dion Leonard was a loner. Being an ultra-marathon runner appealed to him because he was competitive and running wasn't a team sport. At the beginning of the Gobi Desert Run in China in June 2016, Dion noticed a stray dog at the start of the second day of the race. The dog ran a 23 mile leg of the race with him and at the end of the day, joined Dion in his tent. The dog ended up running 77 miles of the 155 mile race with him.
I'd recommend this book to animals lovers and running enthusiasts.