United States Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle, wants to return home with more than a medal. He wants to bring back a family of stray dogs he discovered on the streets of Sochi.
After spying a stray dog and her puppies near the Olympic Village, he began working with the Russian government to arrange to bring them back to the U.S. and adopt them, reports nesn.com.
He tweeted these adorable pics of the pups this week:
puppy love is real to puppies. pic.twitter.com/krauCUPjOg— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014
And yesterday he tweeted this good news:
Also, for the people wondering, I've lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 12, 2014
Sochi's stray dog problem has made major headlines during the Olympics. Read more in our post, "Meet the stray dogs of Sochi."
And Kenworthy isn't the only one trying to bring pups back to the U.S. Amanda Bird, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and an avid pet lover, is also working to bring a stray dog home from Sochi. She'd like to name her newly rescued pup Sochi, she told the Associated Press.