Homeless dog adopts cyclists, follows them on epic ride to Tibet

A homeless dog has gained Internet fame, and found a home, after following a group of Chinese cyclists 1,700 kilometers (or more than 1,000 miles) on their recent epic ride along the Sichuan Tibet Highway. According to reports, the dog chose to stay with the cyclists throughout most of the grueling 24-day expedition, after being fed a drumstick early during the ride.

“She was lying, tired, on the street around Yajiang, Sichuan province,” one of the cyclists, Zhang Heng, told China Daily. “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.”

The cute white mutt joined the group three days into the odyssey from Kangding, Sichuan, to Lhasa, Tibet. Along the way the riders, and the dog, ascended 12 high-altitude peaks during an expedition that averaged more than 30 miles a day.

The riders gave her the name, Xiao Sa, or Little Sa (they used the last syllable for Lhasa for the second part of the name).

Zhang occasionally let the dog ride on his back during downhill portions of the ride, because she could not have kept up otherwise.

During the expedition the riders created a micro-blog under the name “Go Go Xiao Sa,” to share stories about the dog.
The blog garnered nearly 40,000 views during the ride.

And talk about dogged determination.

Said Zhang, who plans to keep Little Sa: “Many people stopped cycling in some sections, then took the bus, but the dog made it.”