Remember Gobi, the cute little stray dog who picked out her human at the 155-mile extreme marathon race across China’s Gobi desert and ran most of the race with him?
At the end of the race the runner Dion Leonard and the dog he named Gobi had an unbreakable bond. He made arrangements for her to travel to his home in Scotland after the quarantine requirements and all the paperwork were completed. He thought this would take until December as he flew back home.
But as she was being prepared for quarantine, she ran out an open door, probably looking for her running partner, and disappeared.
Leonard flew back to China to organize a search party. But he had little hope of finding a tiny dog in an enormous country with millions of people, some who enjoy dog cuisine and some live in areas with no social media.
He and his helpers distributed posters and used TV and media campaigns. Finally he got a phone call from a man who thought the dog he found looked like Gobi and they were reunited.
Gobi spotted me as soon as I walked in, and she started running toward me. Literally, she was running up my leg and jumping all over me and squealing with delight.
It was just mind-blowing to think that we had found her. It was a miracle.
It will be December before Gobi and Leonard can be together, but it will be one great Christmas present for both.