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In Finding Gobi, Australian ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard shares his heartwarming story of crossing paths with a stray dog in the most unlikely of places--the Gobi desert. While competing in a 155-mile race, Dion befriended the little dog who kept pace with him for nearly 80 miles. After the race, it became clear to Dion that a friendship like this doesn't happen every day, and he undertook another difficult journey to bring Gobi home to Scotland. With the help of strangers and support from all around the world, Dion and Gobi overcame remarkable odds, and proved that love can cross deserts and move mountains. Includes 8 pages of color photos. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718098579
ISBN-13: 9780718098575

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International Bestseller

"Leonard and Gobi’s story represents the power of people working together and the profound depth of feeling possible between a man and his dog."--Publishers Weekly

A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well.  Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal now was to make sure he and Gobi’s friendship continued well after the finish line.  He found himself letting Gobi sleep in his tent at night, giving her food and water out of his own limited supply, and carrying her across numerous rivers, even when he knew it would mean putting him behind in the race, or worse, prevent him from finishing at all. 

Although Dion did not cross the finish line first, he felt he had won something even greater – a new outlook on life and a new friend that he planned on bringing home as soon as arrangements were made.  However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite forever with the amazing animal that changed his life and proved to him and the world that miracles are possible. 

Author Bio

Dion Leonard is a 41 year old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion's latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever.

 

Craig Borlase (craigborlase.com) is a bestselling British author and collaborative writer of more than 45 books. He specializes in memoir, and his most recent book is Finding Gobi with Dion Leonard.

 

 

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    Finding Gobi is an incredible true story of determination and unwavering loyalty. In the few days that Dion and Gobi spent together in the China desert, they developed an unbreakable bond which carried Dion through those devastating days when Gobi went missing from her temporary caretaker's home shortly before she entered quarantine. With the endless support of Dion's wife, Lucja, and a group of of dog loving strangers in China,a nearly insurmountable heartbreak became of the most joyful and heartwarming story in 2016. A must read!!

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