CHINA — A tiny stray dog was able to find the perfect home after a 77-mile journey.
Marathoner Dion Leonard was one of many runners to participate in the grueling 2016 Gobi March 4 Deserts Race in China earlier this year. The race entails running over 150 miles over the Tian Shan Mountains to the Black Gobi Desert over a course of seven days.
During the race, a little stray dog joined the group of runners.
The pup especially took a liking to Leonard, who shared his sleeping space, food and water with her, Leonard says in a Crowdfunder post.
“During the race I had to make small allowances to ensure Gobi’s safety and completion of the stages she ran, I carried her across rivers and over sluice gates she could not cross on her own,” he says in the post. “Gobi rested on Day 4 and Day 5 due to the heat of the desert but waited for me at the finish line and I knew then this was no ordinary dog and experience.”
After they both crossed the finish line — together of course — Leonard knew he couldn’t leave the dog behind. He began to look into how to take the dog — which he named Gobi — back home with him to Scotland.
It’s a long process and costs over $6,500 due to required quarantines and medical expenses. Leonard set up the Crowdfunder account to raise those funds.
He hopes to have Gobi home by Christmas.
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