Dogs are man's best friend, but would your dog follow you on a 250-kilometer run across the open desert? For one very special dog, this was no problem.
In June of last year, Australian marathoner Dion Leonard took part in the Gobi March, an ultra▼-marathon held once a year in China. When the starting gun fired, he noticed a dog running along with the racers. As the race continued, the small, light-haired, stray dog took a liking to Leonard and chose to run with him. Even when temperatures reached over 50 degrees Celsius▼, she was by his side. During the different stages of the race, the dog, now named Gobi, became his constant companion▼. When the race was over, though, Leonard was forced to say goodbye.
Leonard had formed a close friendship with Gobi, and he wanted to adopt the stray▼ and bring her to his home in Scotland. Therefore, he set up a crowdfunding campaign▼ to raise the £5,000 it would take to bring Gobi home. In the end, the campaign raised nearly eight times that amount. Gobi now lives in the UK, and the extra funds will go towards finding homes for other stray dogs around the world.