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Finding Gobi
Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart | Dion Leonard
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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 150-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 nearly 80 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.
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Soubhiville
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What a great dog story! I really liked Dion, and my heart was with him through being chosen by Gobi and all of the challenges he faced for her. All dog lovers should read this book!
#Recommendsday

Tamra Will I cry? 6mo
Soubhiville @Tamra I didn‘t, it‘s a happy dog story 🐶😊 6mo
Tamra @Soubhiville that‘s a relief! 6mo
Jhullie I had the honor of being part of the launch party for this and I loved it. It‘s such a lovely story of a little dog meeting a person and deciding “yep, you‘re my human”. 6mo
Soubhiville Oh @Jhullie that‘s so cool! 6mo
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Soubhiville
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So happy to be home in Austin with my favorite girl! It‘s already hot outside but the wind is nice. 2.13 miles this morning. #LitsyWalkers

Dog lovers out there, have you read Gobi yet? It‘s really well written and the little dog is precious! And extremely determined. The audiobook is good too.

#dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy #sietje

TrishB Awww ❤️🐶 6mo
mrozzz So cute!! 6mo
Hooked_on_books Your dog is so cute. 🙂 I think not all of my emails are being delivered. Did you get the one with my address? 6mo
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DGRachel What a cutie! ❤️🐶❤️ 6mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books yes I did! You should have a postcard in a few days 😊. She is pretty cute, I think I‘ll keep her 😆🐶 6mo
AmyG What a cute picture! And thank you for the CO post card. I was working the gift shop and thinking of you and your CO visit...then came home to your card. 😘 6mo
Soubhiville @AmyG you‘re welcome 😉. It was a nice trip. Great family time. 6mo
AmyG I‘m so glad. I hope you didn‘t get any snow where you were. Weather has been crazy in the mountains...it‘s snowing now. 6mo
Rissreads Gorgeous picture! 💙 6mo
Soubhiville @AmyG no snow, but chilly rain off and on. I think the mountains all the way around us were getting it though! My flight was ok to Phoenix, but everyone else was flying through Denver and had lots of delays. 6mo
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Soubhiville
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I started this a couple days ago and I‘m loving it on audio! I listened to part of it on the plane here yesterday.

I‘m in Colorado visiting my family for a week. This is my sister‘s monster Frog. 💖🐶

squirrelbrain So cute! ❤️ 6mo
kspenmoll Adorable! 6mo
AmyG Enjoy CO! And...cute little frog. 6mo
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bookandbedandtea Frog's a cutie! And welcome to Colorado! 6mo
mom2bugnbee What a perfect name! 6mo
BookwormAHN So cute 😻 6mo
SW-T Enjoy Colorado! Frog looks like a sweetie 😊 6mo
SoniaC I love This book so much. I follow them on Instagram. Love that little dog. Your sisters dog is pretty darn priceless too. What a cutie. 6mo
Hooked_on_books What a great pic! Where in Colorado are you? My formative years were spent in Colorado Springs. 6mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I‘m in Delta on the Western Slope. Not far from Grand Junction. It‘s beautiful but cold right now! 6mo
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville I‘m not surprised. When I lived in CO it snowed once in June. You‘re in a great area, so beautiful. If you haven‘t been to Black Canyon, it‘s worth your time. When I was a kid we saw a pair of golden eagles there. 6mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books yes, the Black Canyon is amazing! We saw an eagle when we were walking at the park near the river. We‘ve seen lots of birds I hadn‘t seen before, including a Western Tanager. Yesterday we hiked in Escalante Canyon, where there are petroglyphs! (edited) 6mo
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville Oh wow. That sounds amazing. I‘m glad you‘re having a good time! 6mo
Yenya1954 It has been so nice having you here in Colorado visiting! Lots of family time and always a bit of time to read. ❤ 6mo
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SoniaC
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I loved this book so much! So heartwarming 🥰. Reading the story of the rescue of this spirited little dog was just what I needed.

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emilyrose_x
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This is a heartwarming autobiography about how a marathon runner's life changed when he met a dog while running a super marathon in the Gobi Desert. I picked it up after seeing it featured on TV. I think the way it is written perfectly conveys how much this little dog meant to him 🐶

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Day 16 #AdventRecommends

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Meganbub
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This book was intensely special and full of love my heart could barely contain all the joy ❤️❤️❤️

Kimzey 🐶❤️ 1y
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Meganbub
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I‘m only on the prologue and am already charmed to pieces!

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TamarackTrail
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Even though I already knew the ending, the book still kept me in suspense. I loved the tales of ultramarathon running interspersed throughout the sorry of Gobi. A heartwarming story.

Tianarose I read the children‘s book to my daughter tonight :) might have to find this one now! I love hearing and reading stories of the unique ways people have met their fur babies. 1y
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BBooks
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🐾📚❤️

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Maria514626
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Not usually tempted when I walk by the church library. But look! A book with a dog on it. And he meets up with someone on an adventure. ❤️ Now to figure out where Gobi will fit in my March TBR. #dogsoflitsy #bookcandy #booksaboutdogs

Tamra I read about this story somewhere, and it has all the feels. 🤗 2y
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Erynecki
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This is a fun and quick read. An ultra marathoner runs a race through China‘s Gobi desert. A dog befriends him, they bond, she goes missing... yes, it has a happy ending.

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melissajayne
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Really enjoyed the read. I wasn‘t aware of this amazing story; the stories during the last half of 2016 put this story to the background #dogs #nonfiction #animals #gobi #memoir ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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melissajayne
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Some afternoon #reading. 🐶🏃🏻‍♂️

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melissajayne
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First book I have picked up and read in about two weeks. Was depressed and couldn‘t get myself to pick up a book and read.

HeatherBookNerd Depression just sucks. Glad you are able to read again. 2y
Karkar I can totally understand...I get that way too! Glad you are on the up swing! 2y
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4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you were able to find a book that helped you get back to reading again! 2y
melissajayne @Karkar I hope so. I have to ease myself back into reading 2y
melissajayne @4thhouseontheleft I hope it works. I can often read too much and the feeling can arise again. 2y
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Rudis
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This short & sweet true story brought tears to my eyes. Dion's story about the dog who followed him across the desert, and the struggles he & his wife went through to bring her home touched my heart, and is a reminder that dogs often bring out the best of us.

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Rudis
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Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day, whether you're with family or home alone, that you have some tasty treats, and most importantly, time to read!

Reviewsbylola Merry Christmas! 2y
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drokka
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Listening to this while sorting more books into my library and love how part one ends: "I'm not going to feed that dog"

Something tells me that the dog wins him over. ?

#audiochores

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mellisarock
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Going to a bookstore when it's raining is the equivalent of grocery shopping when your hungry. 😆
#melandprireadathon starts today! 5 books in 7 days! We don't care if they comics, graphic novels, short stories, novelas or books you've started & haven't finished! Grab your tbr & join @pri_bibliophile & I for some concentrated reading time!

#tbrknockdown24 is also going on! Join @constantbookhangover & @lexdidemsbookcorner to knock out your tbrs!

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mellisarock
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Someone told me about #findinggobi & now I'm debating...do I read books I own or go buy this one?!? I loved #borntorun & #eatandrun so much!
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#booknerd #bibliophile #bookish #bookishprobs

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Jhullie
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Gobi has hit the USA! She is currently leading Dion on a tour of the states, promoting their book.
www.findinggobi.com #findinggobi

TheSloanRanger I need this story in my life 😍😭 2y
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Jhullie
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I finally have my hands on a hard copy! It was released today in Australia and was waiting for me when I got home. It has been an amazing opportunity to be a part of the launch team and its already the #1 bestseller in the "extreme sports" category of Amazon.co.uk! Wow! — ??

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Jhullie
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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.

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Jhullie
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If I had made this I would have put a little extra space between the L and I so it didn't look like a U.

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Jhullie
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Want a chance to meet Gobi and Dion?
Entry form can be found here: http://bit.ly/GobiSweeps. Competition closes 11.59pm ET on May 21.
#findinggobi

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Jhullie
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#FindingGobi will be released in just under 4 weeks. I have read some of this remarkable true story and highly recommend it.
Pre-orders are being taken now at http://www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard

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Jhullie
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Gobi and Dion are on the press trail, promoting the book of their amazing story. It will be released next month but preorders are available now on the website...ooh and Audible!
#findinggobi

Suelizbeth I think I want to read this, but animal stories, I don't know. If there's a chance that it's going to be sad or something's going to happen to the animal, I'm out. I walked out on the movie Dances With Wolves because I could tell the future of his horse, and he and I weren't going to like it one bit. 3y
Jhullie @Suelizbeth it is a very happy true story. Gobi did go missing for a short while but she is now safely living in Scotland with her bestie Dion. It's a great book. 3y
Suelizbeth @Jhullie good to know. It looks like a good story. I remember seeing it on the news. 3y
BookHermit I heard a podcast about this sort a while back. So glad the story is now a book! 3y
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Jhullie
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Aww, she couldn't cross the knee high water, so he turned back and carried her to the other side. 💕🐶
#findinggobi www.findinggobi.com

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Jhullie
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"There was a moment when I had her in front of me, her face level with mine, that I swore she gave me a look of genuine love and gratitude."
Look at that face❣?
Preorders being taken now: http://www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard
#finding hobo

MyNamesParadise Awwww I want a Gobi 💖💖 3y
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Jhullie
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Looking forward to the release of chapter 6 this week.
Preorders are being taken now at www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard
#findinggobi

MyNamesParadise Gobi is so cute!! 3y
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Jhullie
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I just love this story. I just finished chapter 5 and Gobi has already won my heart, along with Dion's.
www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard

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Jhullie
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Finished chapter 3, Dion is about to start the marathon that will bring a little stray dog into his life. She joins his run and continues the rest of the marathon with him, ultimately leading to a new life for them both and a story that will melt your heart.
Preorders can be made here:
www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard

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Jhullie
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Aww, who doesn't want to be chosen and followed by this little cutie...I mean the dog❣

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Jhullie
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I just love this little dog, her story is unique and quite simply amazing.
Pre-orders are being taken now.
www.findinggobi.com #findinggobi

Sue She's pretty cute! 3y
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Jhullie
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Pre sale orders are being taken now on:
http://www.findinggobi.com/adult-edition-book-Dion-Leonard
Let me know if you order so I can keep track, Dion and the team are interested to know 😊

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Jhullie
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"my skin-tight running top is bright yellow and covered in my sponsor's logo. And because I'm tall and skinny, I look like a banana"

Laura317 😂😂😂 3y
MyNamesParadise Gobi is so cute!!! 3y
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Jhullie
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I am a member of the Official Finding Gobi Launch Team. The amazing story of the little dog who chose her human during a marathon in the Gobi Desert and kept up running with him is inspiring. The book launches on 1st June here in Australia. #findinggobi

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Jhullie
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I can't wait to get my hands on this one. What a fantastic journey and tail (pardon the pun) of commitment ❤️🐾

MyNamesParadise Awww cute doggie!! 3y
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