Magical – if there was only one word I could use to describe this adventure set out so articulately and heartfeltly by Dion Leonard, this is it.
I won a copy of the book “Finding Gobi” through a Channel 7 “Sunday Night” competition, and was over the moon to receive my book last week, together with a compliments slip from the Seven Network: Congratulations! We hope you enjoy reading about Gobi as much as you loved watching her on our show. With compliments from Sunday Night.
To win this prize, my entry in the competition mentioned my considering that I have an indefinable connection to animals ( see “Animals connecting to Celine” ) …. What I was trying to say is that there is sometimes a magical and beautiful relationship or connection between non-human animals and human beings. Yes, I’ve heard that animals know human nature or people’s personalities instinctively, like they will know definitely if you are either an “animal lover” or an “animal hater” but Gobi’s and Dion’s story goes beyond that.
I have witnessed my own animal spiritual ally, Shandy cat, whom spent 16 years with me, being with me definitely on a mission. That mission I am pretty sure, was to keep my partner & I together, because we had this charming, handsome, character of a cat to tend to and to love, and to give and receive companionship. Shandy literally was the glue that stuck us together.
I can’t wait to watch the film of “Finding Gobi” as long as, of course, no animals are hurt or killed during the making of the film.
I loved Dion’s excellent literary prowess in his writing and his candid capture of his child-hood and glimpses into character building experiences which were like jig-saw puzzles that fit into his entire life. Here I witnessed, through words on a page, a man whom not only has incredible physical fortitude and the iron will to compete and to win, but whom is compassionate and honest and intelligent. Above all, without giving away too much for those who have not yet read the book, something was outstanding to me – about Dion’s approach to Life.
MAKE A DECISION
Dion Leonard is someone who knows about choices – there are many roads to China, as the saying goes, and sometimes there are clouds of uncertainty flurrying around a particular choice in front of you, BUT that is what life is about in its finest details – CHOICES.
Gobi chose to follow Dion and to become his life-time spiritual ally ( woohoo ), and ..
Dion chose to find Gobi … and in an un-swerving manner … not to let down a cute little spirited dog whom raced across the Gobi desert with him …. as Dion points out …. to teach him things about himself and the teaching is never ending.
We have heard talk about past beings we know who have reincarnated to help us, and about spirit guides in some sort of energy form visiting us or coming into our lives, to help us. I believe in these things, but whether or not it applies to the story of Dion and Gobi, matters not.
Gobi is a special little dog whom showed someone to open up more, to reinforce the message of inter-dependence and being inter-connected, whom is a model of courage and strength under fire, and has unconditional love for Dion and his family. This story truly is a testament to the fact that non-human animals are not commodities or lesser beings. They have souls.
I can vouch for the fact, that when our Shandy cat (who was abandoned as a kitten outside our house on New Year’s Eve, 2000) was a few weeks old, we were standing indoors looking out at the back yard. I looked down at this sweet little kitten and he looked up at me, with a shining face and he smiled at me, the most loving smile of unconditional love that I have ever seen. I know about the look of love and appreciation that Gobi gave Dion as they ran through the Gobi Desert.
Our animal companions are not “dumb animals” far from it. They are stoic and brave, go for what they want, let others know what they want, they can be very loving and some are amazingly caring and intelligent and help their human companions …. in various ways …. such as Gobi did.
Click on the News Yahoo link in Dion’s post below .. to watch Sunday Night’s documentary.
Here is a direct link to Part 2 :