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Homeless Dog Joins A Man During 6-Day Race, Then They Become Inseparable

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Homeless Dog Joins A Man During 6-Day Race, Then They Become Inseparable

Dogs Are A Man’s Best Friend

We’ve all heard some truly incredible stories about a dog’s unconditional love and loyalty for his master. For instance, there’s Hachiko, the dog who stayed by his owner’s grave till his dying day. Then there’s a story of a dog who ran away from his home to stay by its master’s side for nine years. Another dog saved a French pet-owner from committing suicide. Then there’s Bobbie the ‘Wonder dog’ who crossed over 4000 km to return to his family home. And we all know about the rescue missions in the Alpine regions led by St. Bernards and Mastiffs. Throughout history, human beings have found faithful friends in those little furry creatures who can be your perfect playmate or even the best night guard.

But this story is a bit different. This story is about a homeless dog who goes out of the way, joins a race and finds her perfect human companion.

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Meet Gobi And Her Pet Human

For extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard it was just another race day in the 4 Deserts Gobi March 2016, a 6-day foot racing event held this summer, competing against 101 other human participants. He was thus pleasantly surprised when he spotted the stray dog, enthusiastically sprinting with all the other runners. Although he’d seen the puppy in the runner’s camp, he had no idea that she was actually interested in the marathon race.

The Marathon Race

On the second day, Leonard found his racing partner lined up beside him. As he tells The Dodo “I thought to myself this little dog isn’t going to last very long at my side as we raced off, but she ended up running the whole day and 23 miles distance.”  After crossing the finishing line, the dog decided to settle in the camp beside Leonard who decided to name her ‘Gobi’.

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On the third day, both the dog and the man raced each other for another 26 miles. The other competitors, crew members, and volunteers fell in love with the adorable puppy but Gobi had eyes only for Leonard who shared his sleeping space as well as food and drink with her. While running across the rough terrain, he carried her across sluice gates and rivers which she could not cross on her own.

However, the weather conditions weren’t suitable for Gobi to participate on days four and five, so the organizers of the event (Gobi had earned quite a name for herself) carried the dog to the end point of the race so that she could greet her new friend the moment he arrived.

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But that didn’t deter her spirits at all. The next and final day, Gobi was back in the game and the man-dog team crossed the line together.

Gobi thus ran for over half the distance of the 155-mile marathon- a huge achievement for a puppy.

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Bring Gobi Home

Meanwhile, Leonard and Gobi have bonded and seem to be inseparable and Leonard hopes to take her to his Scottish home.
Although getting a UK entrance for the dog is a costly and laborious process, Leonard is determined to make it work. Gobi is currently is China with a trusted friend and Leonard is collecting funds for the process. So far dog-lovers from all across the world have donated money to cover the costs and if you want to help him bring his friend home.
Leonard sums it up pretty much: “Gobi picked me to be her pal for life, so I am doing what I can with some great support from around the word to make this happen.”

You don’t need to be a dog lover to be touched by this heart-warming tale, but if you enjoyed this story, you can show your support for Leonard and Gobi by sharing this article!

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

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8. Themed Retreats

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