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Finding Gobi - Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi

Author Dion Leonard

  • Published: 2017-06-13
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Stars
From 23 Customers Review
Price: $11.99


New York Times Bestseller List

“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. 

Top Customer Reviews

  • There just might be hope for the world!

    From Sweetlo686
    A wonderful story about a determined little dog finding/running her way into big-guy Dion’s heart and how he matched Gobi’s determination by sticking with her and getting her back to live with his family in Edinburgh. It is also an amazing story of what can happen when people come together to help each other. I just finished reading the book and spent the next hour looking at the amazing YouTube videos documenting this incredible journey. Thank you, Dion, Lucja and all the people who helped make this happen. And wishing lucky little Gobi a long, healthy life!
  • Great read about a great dog and her people

    From Wizziwacker
    Best book I have read in ages. Touching and true story. Brought tears to my eyes more than once.
  • Finding Gobi

    From Unefilledemontreal
    Thank you for writing this book. It says so much about the power of unconditional love.
  • Celtic woman

    From Wee Bairn
    What a great book.
  • A Must-Read!

    From Jess30jo
    Finding Gobi is a heartwarming and exciting story of Dion Leonard, and Gobi. The twists and turns make it a real “page-turner”…It is a captivating story, no matter what your interests. If you love dogs, running, travel, adventure, suspense or just a great story, this is the book for you. I’ve read it twice, and have gained a new appreciation for the messages each time. Having had the privilege of meeting Dion and Gobi, I can tell you the story is captivating and infectious. A great read for all!
  • Must-read for dog lovers!

    From Buggaguy
    This is the amazing true story of Dion Leonard, an Australian ultra marathon runner, who befriended a stray Chinese desert dog while running a 155 mile race across the Gobi desert last year. The dog, who he named Gobi, ran 77 miles alongside him and he made a promise to “bring Gobi home”. Although what an ordeal that would turn out to be, as Gobi disappeared during the quarantine process and Dion flew back to China to help search for her in a city of over 3 million people. Miraculously she was found, and Dion stayed with her for the remainder of the quarantine to ensure she was brought safely home to his adopted home of Scotland. I had followed this story on social media last year and was a bit skeptical about a book, as I thought I knew all there was to know. There was definitely a lot of "behind the scenes" drama I wasn’t aware of, and it was incredible to read about the lengths that Dion and his family, not to mention an army of volunteers in China, went to make sure Gobi was safe and healthy. The book was engagingly written, whether you know the story already or not. Well-worth a read for dog lovers (as Gobi is the most lovely dog ever!) and anyone interested in extreme sports. Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.