A Stray Dog Ran With A Marathoner For 20 Miles And Now They Have An Incredible Bond
The dog ran 22 miles with Leonard on this day of the race which is also called the inaugural “Gobi March.”
He noticed the pup after it started nipping at his gaiters (a garment runners wear around their ankles). Leonard said he recognized the dog ‘cause the little fella was hanging out at their camp the night before.
“Once we had begun the stage [the dog] seemed to like the bright yellow colour of my gaiters and proceeded to run next to me,” said Leonard to the 4 Deserts marathon website.
Apparently the homeless dog ran with Leonard all the way back to his tent at the camp base, and laid down next to him.
The dog, who was then named “Gobi” in honour of the race, hung out at the camp for the rest of the marathon. Other fellow runners would ration their food to help feed Gobi.
Richard Henson, a fellow participant who shared a tent with Leonard, said Gobi “was the best dog you could imagine – no barking, no biting, no chewing on things, no rooting through bags or stealing socks.”