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Finding Gobi

A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart

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A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.

New York Times Bestseller List

“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.”--Publishers Weekly

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 stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. 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 77 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. 

Contributor(s) Dion Leonard , Craig Borlase
About the Contributor(s) Dion Leonard

Dion Leonard is a 41 year old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion's latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever.


Craig Borlase

Craig Borlase ( is a bestselling British author and collaborative writer of more than 45 books. He specializes in memoir, and his most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Finding Gobi with Dion Leonard.




ISBN-10 0718098579
ISBN-13 9780718098575
Publish Date Jun 13, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.30
Width 5.50
Length 272
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $17.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Teresa
Overall Rating
I am a person who adores dogs; a dog story gets me right in the heart every time, and this story is no exception. Gobi, the cute little dog on the cover, starts running after Leonard as he competes in a marathon across the desert of China. Leonard and Gobi form a major bond, joined by their journey across sand and rivers, and Leonard is heart-broken to have to leave Gobi after the race. He begins a quest to bring Gobi home to Scotland with him, but international laws and cultural views about dogs create many obstacles. Leonard even takes a sabbatical from his job for six months in order to complete the logistics necessary to make Gobi a part of his life. The story is heart-warming, even though I found myself wondering how Leonard did not give up as the challenges seemed to stack against him. This really is a story about the lengths someone will go to for love. Since it is a young readers’ edition, the sentence structure is not necessarily compelling on an adult level, but the story itself is very compelling. I am now passing the book around to my students at school. I told them about Gobi and showed them the pictures, and many of them want to read this book. I told them we could make it into a little book club and talk about the book as students finish it. There are a few blank pages toward the back, so I told them to write each other short notes about what they thought of the book. I read some other reviews from people who wished this book stopped at the end of the race, but the story really is not complete if you stop after the race. Gobi pursues Leonard during the race, but then Leonard must pursue Gobi to complete the circle. Even though this book does not have an overt Christian message, it makes me think about how Christ pursues the church, and we pursue Him in return. (Posted on 10/14/2017)

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