Marathon Runner Adopts Stray Dog

10 Aug 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

In a pile of sad news, this will certainly make you smile. A marathon runner is ready to adopt a stray dog who ran about 77 miles with the runner. Trust us; the conditions all throughout the marathon weren’t very feasible. The cute pooch with pointy ears started following Dion Leonard and there was no looking back for him then. Dion shared his water, space and food with the new four legged buddy. Once the marathon was finished, Leonard couldn’t have made a better decision than adopting the pup.


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The pair traversed number of rivers and deserts in the Gobi March 4 Deserts in 2016. This was nearly a seven-day run, which covered around 155 miles in Gobi Desert, China. The dog started to run with Leonard on the second day of the marathon. Since then, the bonding between the two grew stronger and better. The pup followed Dion everywhere, hence Dion named the dog, “Gobi”.


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To bring Gobi to Dion native place, Edinburgh, Scotland, the man started a fund raiser on Crowdfunder, called “Bring Gobi Home”. His aim was to raise $6535, which was the adoption process fee. Well, Gobi’s cuteness worked so well that the fund amount raised was about three times the original aim. Dion didn’t think for a moment and donated the extra funds to dog shelters. This extra money would be put to help other dogs who are still looking for their forever homes.


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Right now, Gobi is still in China as the adoption procedure is in process. Apparently, the entire course of action would take up about four months. Dion and his wife are hoping that the process would be completed by December and cute little Gobi will be able to celebrate Christmas with them.

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