One of the most heartwarming stories of the summer has taken a heartbreaking turn. Gobi has gone missing.
As you’ll probably remember, Gobi is a stray dog that kept pace with British runner Dion Leonard through the grueling seven-day, 250-kilometer marathon across the Tian Shan mountain range in northwestern China that’s called the “Gobi Desert March.” Leonard had his sights set on racing to the finish line as fast as he could, until he met Gobi along the way. The dog became his loyal companion, refusing to leave his side during the week-long event.
After completing the race, Leonard couldn’t possibly fathom having to say goodbye to his newfound pal, so he kickstarted plans to bring Gobi to Scotland by Christmas time. Leonard launched an appeal on Crowdfunder to raise the £5,000 needed to cover the medical and quarantine costs in order to “Bring Gobi Home.” That project has already reached its goal and then some, raising £19,460.
However, on Tuesday, Leonard announced some heartbreaking news on Facebook. Gobi had gone missing in Urumqi.
To help find his beloved pet, Leonard has launched an all-out search. Teams of people are looking for Gobi around the clock, there are missing posters posted throughout the city carrying a £1000 reward, and he has taken out an advertisement in a local paper.
Leonard is asking everyone living in China, or with friends and family in China, to share the QR code below on WeChat to raise awareness and help find Gobi.
The most recent update came at 3:24 p.m. earlier today. Leonard said that the search for Gobi has widened and more reward posters are being posted on city streets and buses and more ads are being taken out in local papers.
[Images via Bring Gobi Home]