The Gobi chose me as her lifetime friend.
You can’t tell when a lovely stray dog will see you and decide you are the person she needs in life. Marathoner Dion Leonard had only covered 20 miles out of the intended 155 miles.
It all started in the 4 Desert Gobi March 2016 race that takes place within the largest desert in China over six days. Leonard was among the more than 100 runners-but he shortly found one of his competitors in the summer race was not human.
A little homeless pup was among the runners. He joined the marathoners for the first 22 miles. Leonard first saw the puppy at the marathoner’s camp but ignored him, not thinking she would join the race at any time.
As things were, the dog was looking for a partner. On the second day, the dog was at the starting line close to me. Leonard told The Dodo that he thought the dog would give up running at some point, but he ran with her for all the 23 miles.