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British Runner Wants To Adopt The Stray Dog That Ran Besides Him In a Challenging Desert Race

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    Dion Leonard, a British ultra runner was participating in a grueling race through the Gobi Desert when a stray dog started following him and never left his side.

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     Even when the temperatures reached a scorching 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    The dog started following Dion during a portion of the race that went through the Tian Shan Mountains.

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    She instantly attached to Dion, who nicknamed her "Gobi." She would never leave Dion's side, even when they were in camp.

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    Dion said he believes that Gobi was attracted to the bright yellow color of his gaiters.

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    "When she came into camp she followed me straight into my tent, laid down next to me and that was that – a bond had been developed." All the runners were impressed with Gobi, and immediately took a liking to the little terrier.

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    Gobi became the race’s mascot – she embodied the same fighting spirit as the competitors.

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    Gobi became very protective of Dion, and Dion the same of her. He carried her across rivers and made sure she always had food and water during their travels.

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    He finished 2nd in his first 4 Deserts Race, but he knew his mission there wasn’t done yet. He wanted to bring Gobi home with him to Britain.

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    Unfortunately, he couldn't do that right away because of the strict laws about transporting animals between Asia and Europe.

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    Dion launched a fundraiser to help with the costs of bring Gobi to the UK, as it is expensive costing around $6,500.

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    He is being assisted 4 Desert Club members and the SPCA in Hong Kong. Gobi is staying with the 4 Deserts Gobi March local manager until arrangements can be made. We hope everything works out for these two, and they are able to reunite soon. 

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