An Update On Miracle Dog Gobi
We recently highlighted the story of Gobi, the incredible dog which befriended extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard. The runner was taking part in the Gobi March, a 155 mile event in which competitors cross the Tian Shan Mountains in extreme heat. The race ended in the Black Gobi Desert of Mongolia The little dog attached itself to runners in the race and then singled out Leonard. Gobi completed more than half of the race by his side.
The Bring Gobi Home Project
Dion Leonard then decided that he wanted to bring Gobi to Britain as the dog had stolen his heart. He started raising money to fund the Bring Gobi Home project. The money he needed quickly started to pour in and before long he had exceeded his target. Gobi was taken to Urumqi, China to await transit to Beijing. There she would begin the 120 day process to be allowed into the UK where she would live with Leonard and his wife in Edinburgh.
But then little Gobi went missing.
Wandering the Streets of Urumqi
Whilst is Urumqi, Gobi somehow managed to escape. This was terrible news as in China 10 to 20 million dogs are slaughtered each year for their meat. Dogs are snatched from the streets on a regular basis and there were serious concerns for Gobi’s welfare.
Leonard established a new crowdfunding page to raise further cash so that he could publicise Gobi’s story as this would improve the chances of tracking her down. He also needed to pay for a flight to China so that he could take part in the search for the dog himself. He managed to raise £10,000 and immediately flew out to the Far East.
Nine days later Gobi was finally found! She had a sore leg which appeared to be the result of a beating but was otherwise unharmed. She was clearly delighted to be reunited with Leonard. Her quarantine period could now begin and she should be able to fly to Britain in December. This would be a fabulous Christmas present for Dion Leonard who has gone to such extreme lengths for Gobi. Let’s hope that she isn’t allowed to escape again and that there is a happy ending to this marathon tale.