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Move over Lassie, Benji, and Baxter, there’s a new dog out there that runs across the countryside in an act of loyalty. Meet Xiao Sa, a cute little mutt that encountered a group of Chinese cyclists riding from Kangding in Sichuan province to Lhasa in Tibet. The cyclists gave her a drumstick to eat, and it was that piece of meat that bonded them for life.

Xiao Sa followed them down the road — and then the next — and the cyclists realized that perhaps the little dog was in it for the long haul.

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The cyclists continued their route, covering over 1,050 miles that went up and down ten mountains. Xiao Sa toughed it out on each ascent — some going above 13,000 ft. ASL. “ ran on uphill sections where many bikers prefer to take the bus,” said one cyclist. “The only portion of the journey where Xiao Sa didn’t have to run was on a steep slope in Litang, where downhill speeds reach 70 km per hour, which made it impossible to catch up. So the cyclists made a cage for her and gave Sa a ride to the bottom, where she resumed her journey on foot.”

One of the cyclists adopted Xiao Sa after the expedition, and the former stray finally had a home. That’s quite a long way to go to find one for a stray, but hey, whatever works, I guess.