US Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy saves puppies in Sochi

US Olympic skier, and silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy ran into some stray puppies in Sochi, Russia, on Tuedsay, and fell in love.

gus-kenworthy-puppiesSo he went out and got them food. That’s mom on the right, in the photo belo, being rather protective, but letting him play with the pups nonetheless. (When our dog had puppies when were kids – yes, one did such things in 1970 – she would kill anyone trying to get near them, unless you were family).

These are photos he posted on Facebook and Twitter:

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Gus reported yesterday that he’s lined up kennels and vaccinations for the puppies, and hopes to bring some of them back to the states with him, if he can.

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This one’s a keeper too:

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  • gcn in MN

    Help mom too. She looks like she is a very young dog herself

  • girlcousin

    I wish I was somebody’s pet in the US!! Actually, when I was working for a lawyer the only complimentary thing he ever said to me was that if people came back in another life he wanted to come back as one of my cats.

  • dommyluc

    A friend of mine recently said, “Russia was shithole under the czars, it was shithole under the Politburo, and it’s a shithole under the gangster oligarchy.” About the only thing that kept Russia relevant was it’s nuclear weapons and it’s rich artistic history in literature, architecture, music and painting.
    Tchaikovsky and Pushkin must be turning in their graves. Shostakovich suffered for a jagoff like Putin?

  • dommyluc

    Yeah, he’s something. He’s 15 years old and was hatched by a breeder in 1998. My brother and his wife got him when he was 6 weeks old but later couldn’t take care of him the way he needed to be taken care of, so I got him in 2004. He has absolutely no idea he’s a bird; he has never had anything but human contact. Everyone has always treated him like a kid. Lories are the clowns of the bird world, and he has a great personality. He loves people – the more, the better, and he has to come out every night to watch TV for 3 or 4 hours. He is affectionate as any animal could be, sweet as any child. He wants to play and be kissed and loved and caressed. Only problem is they are kind of messy. If not for that and the enormous amount of attention and love they require (a friend once told me he wanted a bird like Clarence, and I told him not to have any kids, because he couldn’t handle both. LOL!), there would be one in every home in America.
    Oh, and BTW, HE is actually a SHE. Clarence started laying eggs 2 months after I got him. But he has always acted like a boy and was always treated like one, so that’s the way it is. My little transgendered bird!

  • MJL

    It may not be all of them, but someone helping some of them is better than no one helping any at all.

  • Anonymous

    The butterfly effect hopefully applies to this.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous bird

  • Yassine Labouch

    Thank you for all you did for these poor Dogs, thank you so much

  • Ben

    I’m gay, but you can’t expect him to only care about that issue. Gays aren’t the only humans on earth, nor do they deserve every minute of press of attention. Obviously Putin is an evil human being who I hope God will swiftly judge (how ever He thinks fit), but come on. Gus Kenworthy is too adorable not to just go and hug.

  • CA_2013

    Nice story. U.S. skiers went 1-2-3 in this event. NBC says its only the third time this happened for the U.S. in Winter Olympic history.

  • Bob Winter

    Thank you for all you did for these poor helpless Dogs. Sometimes all it takes to make things better is for one person to decide to do something. You are one of those persons who won’t just look away when you see animals suffering but will look for a way to help reduce their pain. The animals are lucky to have you now as their guardian! Thanks for your tireless work in protecting and defending these animals. You have my utmost respect and you win more then ThisOlympic GOLD! I wish more people cared about animals. It’s so sad that many people just do not care about animal suffering.You sound like you really love Animals and that makes you a great person in my book.There are plenty of people who help the humans-who cares about the poor animals??

    God bless you and your compassion in action for those who cannot speak for themselves. “Those who protect the creatures of this earth in mercy are the truly great ones.” May you feel the gratitude of all those whom you have alleviated suffering for. Those who intervene to help wear an invisible crown seen only by those of pure compassionate heart. I think the world would be a lot better place if more people had meaningful relationships with Animals. Have a heart adopt! soooooo many animals not enough good people!*…Saving just one pet won’t change the world ..but, surely, the world will change for that one pet…* We need people to get that message out. Friends for the love of Animals,, is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us.

    “One person can make a difference and everyone should try.”
    Quoted by American President John F. Kennedy

  • pappyvet


    One of my favorite songs and a great story of rescue from a lab in Spain ,hope you enjoy !

  • 2karmanot

    Russia may have a 1000 years plus of history, but it’s basically all the same year.

  • Clevelandchick

    I think they should have too but they didn’t so…

  • cole3244

    people get all excited then after the initial rush wears off they reconsider, like buying a rabbit at easter not thinking it has to be taken care of.

    the best that might come out of this is he finds that billionaire or someone else over there that might take the pups and mom and give them a good home or find them one, if mom is included that’s a best case scenario as far as i’m concerned.

  • tristram

    If anyone wants to initiate on-line funding (Indiegogo or whatever) to help bring the pups and mom to safety, I’ll contribute.

  • pappyvet

    He’s won gold as far as I am concerned.

  • monoglot

    Bring mom here, too…..

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    We’ve been working on the latter. But an occasional puppy break is neeeded so folks don’t burn out on the latter :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh those things would be adopted right away. Puppies from Russia transported by silver medal winning adorable Olympian? People would PAY for those dogs. Seriously.

    Oh, if he wasn’t there, right – just re-read your comment.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Quarantine is probably the biggest problem. Depends on the country. It’s not a problem from France, but from Russia, good luck.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Even puppies are trying defect.

  • basenjilover

    If Gus wasn’t there to help the puppies, who step up and help them? A lot more news are drawn to attention of abuse to Russian LGBT than the news on dog exterminations. I for one have set my priority in helping animals before humans.

  • 4th Turning

    Ender’s Game needs to be added to boycott list…

    http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/10/enders-game/

  • Tor

    They probably won’t let him take the puppies to any country that recognizes marriage equality.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Aye, I wish him luck, but I’ve read accounts of U.S. soldiers trying to bring home dogs from Afghanistan and Iraq and running into endless red-tape, including lengthy quarantines.

  • cole3244

    if your compassion only applies to your particular self interests are you really compassionate or simple self absorbed, compassion should be for anything or any cause that is worthy of that emotion imho.
    ps – i’m not gay so should i not show compassion for gay causes or support gay rights.

  • cole3244

    thast’s my concern its like she doesn’t even exist, i have been tweeting to try and find out her fate.

  • 4th Turning

    This has not a thing to do with heart-warming pup stories but may bring another smile
    to chapped lips.
    (Be sure “olympic ring malfunction” comes up.)

    http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/

  • Just_AC

    I’m thinking of a story I’ve shared that’s adapted from a Loren Eiseley article called the star thrower

    Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was
    walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human
    figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone
    who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As
    he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t
    dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up
    something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

    As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What
    are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied “Throwing
    starfish into the ocean.”

    “I guess I should have asked, Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

    “The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

    “But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles
    and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a
    difference!”

    The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked
    up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves.
    “It made a difference for that one!”

  • 4th Turning

    Perfect timing he said while digging out from under a foot of snow.

    Anything that will also remind folks of the 70,000,000 stray dogs and cats in this country.
    AND the “unadoptable” and fostercare human kids desperately needing a loving, caring family…

    http://www.oxfordpets.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61

  • FLL

    The Kremlin regime shows a certain arrogance that extends to both humans and animals—in short, anything that stands in their way. One Russian official recently called the stray dogs in Sochi “biological trash” that were fit for mass extermination. I agree that human rights are a priority over animal rights, and the perfect place to start would be freedom of speech. Start with that and you’ll see a trickle-down effect that will affect animal rights as well.

    When has Russia civilization observed basic human rights, such as freedom of speech, in its 1000 years of history? During one eleven-year period following the 1905 Revolution and Constitution of 1906 (1906-1917), freedom of speech was guaranteed for the first time in all of Russian history. That brief period of free speech came to a screeching halt courtesy of… guess who? One of the first moves of Vladimir Lenin’s government was to ban all opposition press. When asked about freedom of speech Lenin answered: “Freedom of speech?! We are not going to commit suicide.” Russia experienced a second bout of free speech during the eight-year government of Boris Yeltsin (1991-1999). That experiment ended with the accession of Russia current POS strongman, Vladimir Putin. So Vladimir POS the First, and Vladimir POS the Second were responsible for ending Russia’s only two periods of free speech. How hypocritical for people like Vladimir Lenin and Vladimir Putin who don’t want to be censored themselves, but demand that anyone who opposes them be censored. What a sorry, pathetic story. The time for Russia to start catching up with the rest of the world is now.

  • Jackie Butrick

    Bring them home mom also, are there any more.

    We can treat them, vaccinate them, fix them and find great homes for them.

  • Dianne in DC

    Don’t forget the momma dog!

  • cole3244

    i’m afraid getting them back to america will be harder than people realize and that’s from our side as well as from russia, our policies will probably be more of a hindrance.
    i hope he is prepared to really fight the red tape for them otherwise he might not succeed, intervention from high profile celebs would certainly help.
    also it sounds like he is leaving the mother behind i find that problematic and unacceptable at least to me.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Puppy saving is good. Boycotts are much, much better.

  • dommyluc

    I love the puppies and I admire what Gus is doing for them, but I already have a dusky lory named Clarence who is cuter and smarter than about 99.999% of the dogs out there.
    So I’ll just adopt Kenworthy instead. I mean, how could I resist those “puppy dog” eyes?
    Oh, and here’s a pic of my baby:

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I’m not so sure Kingston was talking about the dogs ;-)

  • Suemarie

    So much cuteness. Here’s hoping he saves the mom, too.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Sometimes a puppy is just a puppy :-)

  • Bill_Perdue

    Where did you read that I opposed saving dogs from being killed? The question is priorities. Ending anti-LGBT oppression in Russia and here are my priorities.

  • milli2

    One person can’t change an entire system of oppression and violence overnight, but one can save a puppy. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Thom Allen

    I didn’t say anything about the blog, the post or the author. I’m talking about the content.

    My point is this. I love dogs, very much. However, I love people more (well, most people, in general terms). If these Olympics were in a country where humans weren’t being kidnapped, beaten, arrested and killed, I’d be the first to commend Gus very highly. However, I believe that his priorities are off base here.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The US should have boycotted the Olympics and athletes should be in mind what they’re complicit in.

  • emjayay

    This blog is a leader in covering gay oppression in Russia.

    Gus Kenworthy publicising and doing a bit about a problem in Russia that is right in front of him does not preclude others from doing something about other more important problems in Russia. In fact, I’m sure a lot of people might make a connection between a country that doesn’t bother to treat animals that are seen as pets in more advanced countries with any similar standards and their treatment of their human citizens.

  • Clevelandchick

    People can care about more than one issue at a time. I am outraged at what the Putin regime is doing to gay citizens, the citizens of Sochi and the animals of Sochi. This is just a one little story of someone doing good in a very bad place. A little light in the darkness.

  • olandp

    Can’t decide who is cuter…

  • Bill_Perdue

    Good, but people are getting beaten and kidnapped and two have been murdered because of the criminal approach taken by the Putin regime, which could easily be as damaging in terms of violence as what Bill Clinton and George Bush did, igniting the hatred of mindless members of the mormon, catholic and evangelical cults.

  • Thom Allen

    It’s great that he’s taken an interest in the puppies. However there are people in Russia who are facing at least as rough a time as the puppies. It might be a little more appropriate to show an interest in the LGBT community as well as the dogs. Gus, how about you help get a few beaten LGBT people home with you, too? Or maybe speak out about Russian repression? I’ve got it: Get a bunch or LGBTs, give them each a puppy and get ALL of them out of that seriously f*cked up third world hellhole. Then the neo-nazis can have a go at the now wildly religious former rabid communists.

  • Henry Owen

    You can almost smell the puppy breath….. :)

  • kingstonbears

    Nothing beats a warm fuzzy first thing in the morning. Thanks John.

  • Indigo

    Good for him!

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