Sometimes you choose a pet

And sometimes a pet chooses you:

Thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign, Dion Leonard, an extreme marathon runner, is adopting a stray pup he met while running a 155-mile race in the Gobi desert in China. The funds that were raised will help cover medical and quarantine expenses so that the dog can be transported from China to Leonard’s home of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The female dog, who Leonard appropriately named Gobi, joined Leonard on day two of the annual 4 Deserts Race Series and ran side-by-side with him for 77 miles, according to The Independent.

It didn’t seem to be a random choice, either:

[H]e had noticed Gobi running with 101 runners during the first day, but on the second day, Gobi was on the start line, looking up at him.

A friend in China is currently caring for Gobi; he hopes to bring the dog to Scotland before the end of the year.

(Via Keaton Fox.)

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