Remember the story of runner Dion Leonard and a stray pup Gobi who joined him for a grueling marathon last month in China? While Leonard had been working on her adoption papers back in Scotland, Gobi disappeared last week. Shocked by the news, Leonard booked his flight immediately and was soon on his way to China to find Gobi himself.


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With flyers in hand, Leonard was walking around the city where the pooch was last seen, hoping to find her. It proved to be almost as hard as the marathon itself because strays are not uncommon in that area, but the runner’s efforts eventually paid off. On Wednesday, a local recognized Gobi from one of the flyers and called Leonard. The two were reunited! “When we got there, I walked through the door and she came running towards me and ran around my legs and jumped up on me. It was love again at immediate sight,” he told the BBC.” Leonard still has a lot of paperwork to do but this time he’s not going anywhere without his soulmate. “I’ll be staying here as long as it takes to make sure everything is in place,” he said.

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Last month, a stray pup joined runner Dion Leonard for a 155-mile race in China and ran 23 miles in one day

The dog continued racing with Leonard, completing 4 stages out of 6 and the athlete decided to adopt her

But while Leonard had been working on her adoption papers back in Scotland, the dog disappeared last week

Shocked by the news, Leonard booked his flight immediately and went to China to find Gobi himself

With flyers in hand, Leonard was walking around the city where the pooch was last seen, hoping to find her

Strays are not uncommon in that area, but the runner’s efforts eventually paid off

On Wednesday, a local recognized Gobi from one of the flyers. He called Leonard and the two were reunited!

“When we got there, I walked through the door and she came running towards me and ran around my legs and jumped up on me”

Leonard still has a lot of paperwork to do but this time he’s not going anywhere without his soulmate

“I’ll be staying here as long as it takes to make sure everything is in place,” he said

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