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Finding Gobi : a little dog with a very big heart / Dion Leonard [with Craig Borlase].
Publication Information:
[Nashville, Tennessee] : Thomas Nelson, Inc., [2017]
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6 audio discs (6 hr., 37 min.) ; 4 3/4 in..
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Title from container.
Recounts the story of Gobi, a lost dog who kept pace with an ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, across the desert during an eighty-mile race; Dion's effort to bring Gobi to Scotland; and Gobi's disappearence just before they were to leave.
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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 scrappy, stray dog while competing in a 150-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia. 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 nearly 80 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.

Author Notes

Dion Leonard is an ultramarathon runner from Australia, but is based in Scotland. He competes in ultramarathons around the world. He wrote a book about the stray dog he found on his ultramarathon race in the Gobi Desert entitled, Gobi: A Little Dog with a very Big Heart.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Leonard, a marathon runner, narrates the heartwarming story of Gobi, a stray dog he found on a race across the eponymous desert: how they formed their bond, her subsequent disappearance, and the global effort to reunite her with her owner. The race, a 155-mile ultramarathon, brings Leonard to Urumqi, China, where he battles high altitudes, excessive heat, and a sandstorm to come in second place. This feat is even more remarkable given that he repeatedly doubles back to help the charming stray that has become his shadow. After Gobi's story goes viral, she disappears in suspicious circumstances from her caretaker's home in China. What follows is a suspenseful mission to find Gobi conducted by Leonard and a loyal team of dog lovers. They are forced to contend with Chinese government operatives and shady potential dognappers looking for a payout, among others, to find and rescue the "little ball of sandy-brown fluff." Leonard also recounts (somewhat extraneously) his difficult childhood in order to explain his struggle with building close bonds and to demonstrate the significance of his relationship with Gobi. 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. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.