From China to Scotland — One Tiny Dog’s International Story of Finding Her Fur-ever Home October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

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In June 2016, Dion Leonard had one thing in mind — trying to win the grueling 250km Gobi Desert Run. What he didn’t expect was to have a small stray dog join him for over 70km of the race. Appropriately naming her “Gobi,” Dion knew he needed to make this unlikely running companion a permanent member of his family back home in Scotland. Working to coordinate her adoption would turn into a worldwide, against-all-odds search to see them reunited after Gobi and Dion became separated in a city of more than three million people just days before she was set to head home.

Parents and young readers can share in experiencing this powerful true story of friendship, compassion, courage, and love with the release of Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart [picture book, 4-8 years] and Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey [Young Reader’s Edition, 8-12 years] with Thomas Nelson.

I found both books inspiring! I really enjoy the Young Reader’s Edition and think that every child who likes dogs should read it! They will fall in love with Gobi! ~SoCal City Kids.

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More info about the Author:

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. Learn more at Follow Dion and Gobi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and at

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this featured book post. 

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