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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.

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