Where is the real Fielding Marshall now after the events of Dog Gone?

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Dog Gone*

As the old saying goes, dogs are a man’s best friend and that relationship is at the forefront of Netflix’s newest film, Dog Gone.

The heartwarming movie tells the tale of a young man named Fielding Marshall who will stop at nothing to find his lost dog Gonker after the pair got separated while on a hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Incredibly, Dog Gone is based on a true story and so it’s no surprise that fans of the film have been left asking what happened to the real Fielding Marshall and where he is now.

Dog Gone tells an incredible true story

Dog Gone bounded its way onto Netflix on Friday, January 13, 2023.

The film is based on Pauls Toutonghi’s book ‘Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home’ which recounts the real-life tale of Fielding (the author’s brother-in-law) and his extensive search for Gonker.

Just like in the film, the real Gonker got lost while walking along the Appalachian Trail but what the film, which is set in the present day, fails to mention is that the real event took place on October 10, 1998.

His family spent the next two weeks looking for him, according to the New York Post, with Feilding and his father out on the trail while his mother stayed at home, calling everyone from animal shelters and local newspapers to police stations for help in their search .

Eventually, Gonker was spotted 15 days later on October 25 at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, 111 miles away from where he originally got lost.

Dog Gone © Netflix | Bob Mahoney

Where is the real Fielding Marshall now?

Fielding Marshall currently lives in Chile.

In 2005, Virginia-born Fielding moved to South America, living in Brazil and Peru before settling in Chile where he met his wife Soma Maia.

Since then, the pair have had two children, a boy and a girl, and they now run a spiritual retreat together called Mystical Retreats.

The retreat, which is based in Chile, Brazil and Peru, offers a multitude of ways for visitors to unwind and relax, including yoga, meditation, healthy eating and connecting with nature through hikes.

Fielding works as a web designer and developer for the retreat and also runs kayaking tours.

Both Fielding and Soma Maia are active on social media where they post behind-the-scenes photos from their lives, with some particularly notable posts showing that they attended the premiere of the Netflix film Dog Gone.

One especially wholesome picture shows the real Fielding standing alongside the actor Johnny Berchtold who played him in the film.

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What happened to Gonker the dog?

The real Gonker passed away at the age of 11 in 2003.

As the film Dog Gone is set during the present day, it is not surprising that some viewers may think that the actual events shown in the movie are more recent than they actually were.

In reality, the real Fielding adopted Gonker back in 1992 after breaking up with his girlfriend after their baby daughter died during complex heart surgery.

There was then a six-year gap before Gonker went missing on October 10, 1998.

After being reunited with his family, Gonker and Fielding were inseparable for the next five years until he died at the age of 11 in 2003.

Dog Gone © Netflix | Bob Mahoney

Dog Gone is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Friday, January 13, 2023.

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