Stray Dog Joins 155-Mile Race, Finishes It With A New Dad

An unexpected star of the 2016 Gobi March 4 Deserts race in China was a puppy Gobi. Pup acquired a medal, new name, and a new friend and caretaker Dion Leonard.

Behind every successful runner, there is a stray puppy – they say, or something like that…

In the competitive world of humans, the key to success is to go the extra mile. But what if the competitor is a puppy, which is ready to go 155 extra miles..? A marathon title, apparently, and a long lasting friendship to come.

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An unexpected star of the 2016 Gobi March 4 Deserts race in China was a puppy Gobi, previously known as Tinto. Pup acquired a medal, new name, and a new friend and caretaker Dion Leonard from Scotland.

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Gobi joined another 101 competitors running 155 miles grueling marathon held on China’s largest desert this June, showing unique strength and stamina for a little dog. Especially in such harsh conditions.

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The two crossed line together.

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“Everyone from the competitors, volunteers and race crew fell in love with this little dog that captured all our hearts. Gobi took a shine to me and over the week we developed an unbreakable bond as I shared my sleeping space, food/water and ultimately our companionship.”

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“After completing the race I began looking into how to get Gobi from China to me in Edinburgh, Scotland.” – said Leonard.

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Despite China’s heavy and costly bureaucratic procedures – a whooping 5.000 GBP, Leonard is determined to adopt Gobi and take it to her new home in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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He pleaded for help on the “Bring Gobi Home” Crowdfunder page he started to raise the ammount needed.

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Little did he know, a response was so massive, more than 15.000 GBP already landed on the account. He plans to donate the rest of money to dog home charity.

Good luck to the both!

Photo Via: Crowdfunder