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Finding Gobi : The True Story Of A Little Dog And An Incredible Journey - Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi

The True Story Of A Little Dog And An Incredible Journey

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In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile 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 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he 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 UK for good 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, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’

About the Author

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. br 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.

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I loved this book. Really heartwarming.

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    One of my favourite books.

     
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    A Remarkable and Brave "Couple"

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        Heart-warming true story. Overcoming obstacles as a devoted dog brings new understanding into the life of a 40 year old ultra-marathon runner. Not sure why this story is so appealing, but the two leads are both very special! Maybe one day they will put a statue up in Edinburgh for Gobi like they have for Greyfrier's Bobby!

         
        5.0

        Just sooooo good - I couldn't put it down!

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          I have told my daughter in America she should definitely read it as she has competed in several marathons, but nothing quite like this.

           
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          FINDING GOBI

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          from Adelaide South Australia.

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            This is really good story of the relationship between man and dog and will bring great joy for dog lovers everywhere. Runners will enjoy the companionship that a running mate can bring. All in my family will love this book. A great read.

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                Absolutely loved this little dog and if Dion ever finds he cant look after her, she would be more than welcome in my home

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                Just loved it!

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                  Just loved this book! Great story, well written and hard to put down. A real feel good book with a good ending for both Dion and Gobi. Can't wait for the movie! If you love animals or just love a heartwarming story, then this is the book for you.

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                  Gripping true story full of love, trust and faith

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                    An incredible true story of love between a man and a dog. This story was followed by thousands of people world wide on social media as they waited anxiously for the outcome of the little dob Gobi lost in a large Chinese town. The book also delves deeper into the life of the author and shows his determination which makes him ideal for ultra marathon running.

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                    Brilliant reading

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                      Top book!!

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                      5.0

                      A book that should be on everyone's bucket list

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                        Deserves to be read..

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                        5.0

                        Beautiful real story

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                            Lovely story about mens best friend. Its amazing how an animal in our lives can change your perspective on your every day of life.

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                            ISBN: 9780008248314
                            ISBN-10: 0008248311
                            Audience: General
                            Format: Paperback
                            Language: English
                            Number Of Pages: 288
                            Published: 1st June 2017
                            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                            Country of Publication: GB
                            Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 15.3  x 2.1
                            Weight (kg): 0.32