Finding Gobi - Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi

By Dion Leonard

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 10 Ratings


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. 

“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 


  • Finding Gobi

    By Harbini
    A simple but heartwarming account of a man and a little dog that changed his life. Very quick read that is interesting at every turn.
  • Great book for animal lovers and runners

    By Luvmy2doxies
    I have read this book twice. The first time was to read more details about the dog story I followed online. Although I followed the journey online and saw interviews, I learned a lot of new details that I didn't know before. The second time I read it, I focused more on the running story. I am also a runner and could relate to the struggles we endurance athletes have (although I am not an ultra runner). Reading about the various marathons and ultras he's done, especially the Gobi desert race, were so interesting that I've decided to do my next marathon in another country (although most likely Europe and not China). I highly recommend this book to both animal lovers and people who enjoy reading books about running.
  • The feel good story of 2016

    By lauramc511
    The feel good story of 2016 is now a full length book, the story told by Dion Leonard himself. We learn enough about his younger years to understand where he was mentally and emotionally when Gobi chose him as her person in the deserts of China. This is the story of how they met and the hoops he had to jump thru to bring her home. As always there is SO MUCH more to the story than the blurb we saw on the evening news. For instance-spoiler alert-he had to find her twice! Very well written. Dion draws you in and you read every word to see what happens next even though you know the outcome! There are several parts that will bring you to tears, yet it is a book that helps bring back faith in our humanity. Gobi inspired many during her situation and continues to now through this book. I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially dog lovers. Remember: adopt don't shop. Bring more Gobi's home. Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher, however I was under no obligation to leave a positive review. The opinions are my own.
  • Best story about dog love

    By adrianac85
    I loved the book so much. I enjoyed it a lot. I love the story about true love between a dog and the human she found. The best part of this story is that it is real and it has a happy ending. It can be read in one day for sure. It has ups and downs and you will laugh, cry and feel all your emotions through all the book. Must read if you love running, dogs or love stories.
  • Best story out of 2016

    By blackmangopit
    This gem of a story will touch your heart and stir your soul. Dion Leonard wrote the backstory of the best take to come out of 2016. The reader feels as though they are there with him through it all. There's adventure, sport, travel, animals, strife, adversity, and sadness in this book. But most importantly it's a story of love. Two beings were meant to find each other during the most grueling week of an ultra marathon in July 2016. In one of the harshest climates on the planet, little scrappy pup (now named Gobi), walked up to the starting line on day 2, looked up at Dion Leonard and decided, this is my human. She ran by his side for 3 days straight without missing a beat. This heartwarming story will take you through the race, to her going missing in a hugely populated city, and ultimately back into the arms of the man who found healing in their beautiful friendship. Don't miss out on this incredible book, so wonderfully written.
  • Fall in love with this book

    By CODemer100
    Buy this book! It is so good. I read this in one night....I just couldn't put it down. It is such a wonderful story and aside from the tears of happiness and sadness you know it ends so well. This story will change your life for the better. It will make you believe in humanity again. I can't wait to follow the continued journeys of Gobi and Dion. Can't wait for the movie!
  • Heartwarming

    By Erindee5575
    This story unfurled on social media, and the world was hooked. This little dog and the joy she gave one man meant the world had a beacon of hope, despite the obstacles they had to overcome. Dion's journey is so much more than meeting Gobi, losing Gobi, and then finding Gobi. It's about spirit, compassion, and the unbreakable strength of unconditional love. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my review from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  • Finding Gobi

    By LeAnnSB
    Finding Gobi is an incredible true story of determination and unwavering loyalty. In the few days that Dion and Gobi spent together in the China desert, they developed an unbreakable bond which carried Dion through those devastating days when Gobi went missing from her temporary caretaker's home shortly before she entered quarantine. With the endless support of Dion's wife, Lucja, and a group of of dog loving strangers in China,a nearly insurmountable heartbreak became of the most joyful and heartwarming story in 2016. A must read!! Disclaimer: this book was provided by the publisher and the review was no obligation to offer a positive one.