PRIZE OF THE WEEK
Like A Street Cat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for all animal lovers.
In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultra-marathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 250 km race across the Gobi Desert.
The lovable pup, who earned 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 treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 128 km.
Witnessing the incredible determination of this small animal, Dion 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 United Kingdom 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, resilience and friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend’.
Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard is published by Harper Collins Publishers Australia, RRP $11.99.