Finding Gobi: The true story of a little dog and an incredible journey by Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi: The true story of a little dog and an incredible journey

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLERLike A Streecat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide…In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what...

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Finding Gobi: The true story of a little dog and an incredible journey Reviews

  • Julie

    It's 4am and I just finished this book. A beautiful story of doggy devotion and perseverance. Dion's determination to save his little friend and to give her a forever home is inspirational. If you love dogs you absolutely must read this.

  • Taylor B

    Having followed Dion and Gobi's story since it broke last year, when it was announced that there was going to be a book about their journey, I knew I had to read it.

    I will admit, I am not normally a fan of non-fiction books. However, the story was just so captivating that I had to know more. And boy, did I get it!

    I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The twists, the turns, the sadness, the triumph... All of it utterly engrossed me, from the first page to the very last. I laughed, I

    Having followed Dion and Gobi's story since it broke last year, when it was announced that there was going to be a book about their journey, I knew I had to read it.

    I will admit, I am not normally a fan of non-fiction books. However, the story was just so captivating that I had to know more. And boy, did I get it!

    I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The twists, the turns, the sadness, the triumph... All of it utterly engrossed me, from the first page to the very last. I laughed, I cried (okay, I sobbed) and I cheered on this wonderful man and his little brown dog as they overcame insurmountable odds to be united forever.

    This is a multi-faceted story which will appeal to a wide audience - runners, both professional and casual, animal lovers, young adults looking for some guidance in their lives, adults trying to overcome their own fears, fans of similar feel-good stories... The list is endless.

    Overall, a well-written, easy-to-read book which leaves you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Simply wonderful.

  • Natalie Ward

    So lucky to be able to read an advance copy of this book. I've followed the story from the very start and it is not just inspirational but heartwarming to know there are people that care this much. Beautiful story.

  • Kirsti

    Yep, here's another one! Most people who follow my reviews soon realize I read A LOT of animal memoir books. As soon as one becomes available, I must have it! They almost never fail to disappoint, and this one was no exception.

    Dion Leonard is an extreme runner, after taking up the sport because his girlfriend/wife became interested in running as a sport and encouraged him to join her. Not one to take things by halves, Dion found himself competing at an elite level, racing some top notch runners

    Yep, here's another one! Most people who follow my reviews soon realize I read A LOT of animal memoir books. As soon as one becomes available, I must have it! They almost never fail to disappoint, and this one was no exception.

    Dion Leonard is an extreme runner, after taking up the sport because his girlfriend/wife became interested in running as a sport and encouraged him to join her. Not one to take things by halves, Dion found himself competing at an elite level, racing some top notch runners across harsh terrain and extreme temperatures. Along the way a little dog whom Dion called Gobi appeared beside him, and this book is not just the race, but the race to get Gobi back to the UK to join Dion and his family.

    I love animals, and therefore I love animal books, especially if they have a happy ending. I hope that Dion and Gobi get many happy years together, and I know Gobi will be much happier with a family as opposed to on the streets of China. Excellent, personal writing too, Dion isn't afraid of confronting some personal demons. Adored this book, five stars!

  • H Svinos

    This is an incredible book.  I first heard of Gobi on social media  when Dion set out to bring her home, and followed the story through the devastation of her going missing and the jubilation of her being found.    Devastation and jubilation shared by us all who had been smitten with the story, when Gobi was found I remember the pure joy I felt a feeling that lasted for days and days.  Consequently, it is fantastic to read the behind the social media story and go into more detail of a story I kn

    This is an incredible book.  I first heard of Gobi on social media  when Dion set out to bring her home, and followed the story through the devastation of her going missing and the jubilation of her being found.    Devastation and jubilation shared by us all who had been smitten with the story, when Gobi was found I remember the pure joy I felt a feeling that lasted for days and days.  Consequently, it is fantastic to read the behind the social media story and go into more detail of a story I know well.  It answered many questions and really highlighted the difficulties faced in bringing her home. 

    There is so much more though to the book as Dion talks about his early life too and how he started running.  It also gives an insight into the world of the Ultra Marathon runner and as a runner myself I found this fascinating.  It was also very interesting to read about the time he spent in China both when searching but also whilst waiting for Gobi to be medically cleared. China to many is a bit of a mystery but this book certainly gives you a good glimpse of life there. 

    The book is easy to read and I could not put it down.  It's a story that will suit everyone whether you are familiar with Gobi or not, it will inspire and uplift you.  It is truly heart warming.  

  • Peter Trebilcock

    It's not often I sit down and read a book in one day, but this was easy. It had a little bit of everything, from the drama of running ultra-endurance events in the desert, to an extremely cute dog, to possible dognapping conspiracies and intrigue.

    It is a very lovely story and really just shows how a small animal can have such a profound effect on someone's life. Gobi is an absolutely awesome little dog and I am glad that everything has worked out for her.

    I would highly recommend reading this b

    It's not often I sit down and read a book in one day, but this was easy. It had a little bit of everything, from the drama of running ultra-endurance events in the desert, to an extremely cute dog, to possible dognapping conspiracies and intrigue.

    It is a very lovely story and really just shows how a small animal can have such a profound effect on someone's life. Gobi is an absolutely awesome little dog and I am glad that everything has worked out for her.

    I would highly recommend reading this book. It travels at a good pace and it never gets bogged down in details or gets boring. Just tells the amazing story of Dion and the inexplicable bond he formed with a dog who started running with him.

  • Lauren Blakely

    Mad huge big extraordinary love for this story! A great book for all ages! A story of hope, love, kindness and generosity!!!! And dogs!!!!!!!!

  • MaryG2E

    5★s

    Ex-pat Australian Dion Leonard is an ultra marathon runner, who takes part in 5 day races staged in extreme settings. Like the Sahara, Kalahari and Gobi Deserts. Early in the 2016 event his path crosses that of a cute, skinny little terrier, who then follows him through exceptionally harsh conditions. He names the appealing little stray ‘Gobi’ after the region in which he is competing. By the end of the race, he has decided that he will do his best to adopt Gobi and take her home to Edinburgh

    5★s

    Ex-pat Australian Dion Leonard is an ultra marathon runner, who takes part in 5 day races staged in extreme settings. Like the Sahara, Kalahari and Gobi Deserts. Early in the 2016 event his path crosses that of a cute, skinny little terrier, who then follows him through exceptionally harsh conditions. He names the appealing little stray ‘Gobi’ after the region in which he is competing. By the end of the race, he has decided that he will do his best to adopt Gobi and take her home to Edinburgh. He had no idea just how difficult that challenge would turn out to be. In the ensuing days, left in the care of a local family, Gobi goes missing in the remote city of Urumqi. Leonard begins a desperate search to find her somewhere in the enormous expanses of rural China.

    The story which unfolded after the race is fascinating, and Leonard’s easy writing style kept me glued to the pages, as I was desperate to find out what happened to the stray dog.

    But this is a much more substantial story than that of a man and a dog. While the development of the bond between man and dog is central to the story, I was also greatly intrigued by the gradual revelations that Leonard makes about his own life, and the beliefs that drive him. Also fascinating is the insider information about the sometimes cut-throat world of competitive ultra-marathon racing. Leonard has a powerful competitive streak in his nature, something which drives him to push his body and mind to the utmost limits of existence. The book provided me with interesting insights into the mindset of an extreme sportsman, something that I genuinely appreciated. The reading experience is enhanced by a goodly number of appealing colour plates, and I was particularly drawn to the photos of Gobi, with her adorable doggy visage.

    I really enjoyed this book, read it in one 6 hour sitting, and think it is a worthwhile read for anyone, not just dedicated dog owners like myself.

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