Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Olympic skier adopts Sochi puppies …

Isn’t this a sweet picture? I am not an Olympic junkie but I really loved this story, especially since the boy in the picture is the nephew of friends of my daughter and her husband.

Evidently the streets of Sochi are customarily overrun with stray dogs and when the word got out that many were being killed to clean up the streets for the Olympics Gus Kenworthy, U.S. freestyle skier from Telluride, Colorado took action.

He had spotted these puppies and the mama dog and he decided to adopt them all. He arranged for vaccinations and whatever else was needed to get them out of the country. With the assistance of family members he and his new “family” are now back, safe and sound, in Colorado. He is keeping a brother and sister from the litter for himself, his mother is adopting the mama dog and his two brothers are each taking a pup.

They are all excited that Gus won a silver medal at the Olympics but, if his puppy venture were judged it would surely get a gold ! Puppy love is alive and well in Telluride.


Blogger kenju said...

I think this story will be the legacy of the Sochi games. It is wonderful and a good example for others. How nice that you have a family connection to him.

8:17 PM  
Blogger possum said...

But I am amazed they were not in quarantine for months. How did he pull that one off? Times sure have changed.
Sweet story. And yes, someone needs to give him a gold medal for that.
Now how about all the pups in SPCAs around this country?

5:51 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Great story and about my favorite from these games.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't I read somewhere that many of the strays were being sent to America for adoption? Those furry coats remind me of our beloved Akita, the late Howard Lee. If any of them showed up here for adoption, I'd be sorely tempted. Our current dog (a rescue) needs a friend.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I loved this story when it first broke but never heard how it ended up. Thank you for putting such a nice ending to a lovely story.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Grace-WorkinProgress said...

I thought it might be more complicated to bring dogs back from Russia. What a sweet story.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

There have been a few feel good stories from the games, and this is one of them.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous story and I'm happy the mother dog was adopted too!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Regenia said...

How very touching! Love this story.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

So great. I wish that more people would adopt dogs in this country. So many die every day. Very sad.

10:50 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Wonderful story. And not easy to accomplish either. Well winning a medal isn't easy either.

7:47 AM  

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