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Stray Puppy Joined A Marathon Race That Humans Found Challenging, And Found Her Pal For Life

Stray Puppy Joined A Marathon Race That Humans Found Challenging, And Found Her Pal For Life

Sometimes in life we need a little support, but when extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard headed to the Gobi desert for his next big challenge, he got his support from an unexpected friend.

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    An Unexpected Running Partner

    It was during the 6-day gruelling race, around 20 miles in from the start, that Dion noticed a new competitor by his side – a small homeless dog. Much to his surprise, the canine runner stayed by his side for 22 miles until the finish line.

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    But it doesn’t stop there – at the start line on day 2, up trotted the pup ready for the day’s 23-mile slog through the desert which she did happily by Dion’s side.

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      Loyal From Start To Finish

      It was clear a special partnership had been formed – and not only through the tough terrain. After crossing the finish line, the friendly mutt wouldn’t part ways with the marathon runner from Scotland, opting to stay by his side while bedding down for camp, both keeping each other company until the next day’s racing. The pair were officially inseparable. It was at this point that Dion decided to name his new furry friend, and what a more fitting name than Gobi.

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        Exhausted But Still Supportive

        Was the little pooch ready to give up? Absolutely not. Day 3 saw her, again, supporting her new human friend through the 26-mile marathon and completing the race right by his side.

        “For a little dog Gobi certainly has a big heart and some pace to match,” said Dion.

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          Time For A Rest, But Still As Supportive As Ever

          The next two days were too hot for Gobi to run and while Dion missed her, Gobi was taken to both finish lines to greet him with open paws (and a lick).

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            Big Achievements For A Little Dog And Her New Human

            On day 6, Gobi was back in action and ran the last leg of the strenuous event with Dion both crossing the finish line together and receiving their well-deserved medals.

            And of course it doesn’t end there. Dion knows a good thing when he sees it – he was so touched by Gobi’s support and loyalty that he decided to go through the lengthy and expensive process of adopting her and bringing her home to Scotland as his faithful pet.

            With hundreds of donations pouring in to make sure this becomes a reality for the new best friends, the two runners will soon reunite and no doubt look forward to many runs in their new life together.

            Featured photo credit: 4deserts.com via 4deserts.com

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            Last Updated on June 18, 2019

            5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

            5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

            We all have relationships. We have acquaintances, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and friends. However, for a large percentage of us, many of these relationships are not fulfilling.

            They are unfulfilling because they lack real strength; and they lack real strength because they lack real depth.

            Unfortunately, in today’s society, we tend to have shallow, superficial relationships with others, and it’s extremely hard for this kind of relationships to provide anything more than faint satisfaction.

            I’d like to show you, based on my experience as a communication and confidence coach, how you can add a significant amount of depth, and thus strength, to your relationships and make your social life a whole lot more meaningful.

            Here’re 5 simple yet powerful ways for building relationships that are meaningful and fulfilling:

            1. Meet More People

            This is an apparent paradox, but the quality of the people you meet has considerably to do with the quantity of people you meet.

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            If you don’t know a lot of people and you barely meet one or two new people every season of the year, considering the variety of individuals out there, you won’t meet very often people who are a good match with you in terms of personality, interests and values.

            And since this natural match plays a huge part in building strong relationships, you’ll just as seldom have the opportunity to develop strong relationships.

            Conversely, if you go out a lot, you meet a lot of new people and you constantly expand your social circle, you’re much more likely to meet people you match up well with, and these people have a tremendous potential to become good friends, reliable partners, etc.

            This is why it’s important to meet more people.

            2. Talk about the Things That Matter To You

            A relationship becomes the strongest when two people discover they believe in the same things and have similar interests. It’s these commonalities regarding values and interests that create the strongest emotional connection.

            I’ve noticed that many people keep conversations shallow. They talk about trivial stuff such as the weather, what’s on TV, the lives of various movie stars, but they rarely talk about what really matters to them in life. This is a mistake from my perspective, because it’s the perfect method for a relationship to not develop.

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            Talk about the things that truly matter to you and give others a chance to know what you care about and what you believe in. If they believe in the same things and they care about the same things, they’ll eagerly let you know. Thus you’ll find meaningful common ground and you’ll feel more connected.

            3. Express Vulnerability

            Many people try to come off as perfect. They don’t talk about their failures, they hide their shortcomings and they never say anything that could embarrass them.

            This is all just a facade though. You may appear perfect to some, but you know you’re not perfect and they know that too. You’re only human and humans have flaws.

            However, by hiding your flaws, what you do succeed in is appearing cold and impersonal. You seem like a marble statue rather than a real person. And this makes it very hard for anyone to connect with you emotionally.

            Humans connect with other humans, not with ideals. Keep this in mind and don’t be afraid to let your vulnerability and your humanity show. This is what takes a relationship to the next level.

            Take a look at this article and find out Why Showing Vulnerability Actually Proves Your Strength.

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            4. Have Integrity

            Integrity, as I see it, is the alignment between your thoughts, your words and your actions. When you say what you think and you do what you said you’ll do, you have integrity.

            This is a crucial trait because if you have integrity, people can trust you. They can trust you to give them an honest feedback, even when it’s hard to shallow, and they can trust you to keep your promises.

            This trust is one of the central pillars of a strong relationship, both in your personal and your professional life. So, as challenging as it can be sometimes, always try to have integrity.

            Be honest with the people around you, even when this will initially hurt them. It’s more important for them to trust you than to not feel hurt. And always do what you promised. Even better, think twice before you promise anything, and only promise what you really can and you are willing to do.

            5. Be There for Others

            Another central pillar of strong relationships is support. Connections between people grow sturdy if they can rely on each other for support when it’s needed, whether that support means a few kind words or several massive actions.

            Of course, you can’t be there for everybody, all the time. Your time, energy and other resources are limited. But what you can do is identify the genuinely important people in your life and then seek to be there as much as possible, at least for them.

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            Your support will help them practically, and it will comfort them emotionally; which makes one hell of a difference in a relationship.

            The Bottom Line

            With the right mindset and the right behavior, you can strengthen a wide range of relationships in your life and advance them as far as they can be advanced.

            And with strong relationships, not only that you feel more fulfilled, but you feel more connected to the entire world. You feel that your life has real value, you have more fun and you live in the moment. An entire world of opportunities opens up in front of you.

            Then your task is to simply walk through the open doors.

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