Stray Runs 1,000-Mile China Trek With Bikers

Works tail off running with pack
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2012 12:02 AM CDT

One little Chinese dog will run for food—and run and run. In fact, the short-legged fluffy white stray ran 1,100 miles with a pack of bikers after one of the athletes shared some of his munchies with the pooch. The crew climbed 12 mountains in less than 25 days, and many dropped out before the trek was over. The little pup, nicknamed Xiaosa or Little Sa by the group, has become a national hero after fans followed the odyssey on a blog started by one of the cyclists, reports the BBC. "She was lying, tired, on the street" in a town in Sichuan province, one cyclist told the China Daily. "So we fed her, and then she followed our team" all the way to Tibet. "That dog showed very strong will power," he added. "I don't think we could have made it without that enthusiasm." The cyclist is adopting the dog—once they make it back home. (More China stories.)

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