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In Moving Instagram Post, Gus Kenworthy Reveals His Rescue Dog Has Died

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Gus Kenworthy took to Instagram over the weekend to reveal that the puppy he rescued earlier this year from a dog farm in South Korea has died.

The out Olympic skier and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas made headlines in February during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea when they adopted Beemo and took her home after the Games. Kenworthy even made an Instagram account for her, which earned over 135,000 followers.

But the 26-year-old athlete revealed Sunday that Beemo died of a heart defect.

"Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away," Kenworthy captioned a photo of Beemo licking his ear. "It was completely unexpected and Matt and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with her loss.

"For a week or so we'd been worrying because she was showing less and less interest in her food," Kenworthy wrote. "There were several trips to the vet and on our final visit this past Thursday I asked them do a full body scan in case there was an underlying issue they had missed.

"Beemo went into a panic attack during the x-rays and her breathing became rapid and shallow," he added. "The scan revealed that her lungs were deteriorated and that her heart was too big for her body - a birth defect we had no way of knowing about."


Kenworthy said he rushed Beemo from the vet, who could not treat her, to an emergency vet where she was put on a respirator in hope "they could get her vitals back to a normal level so she could be treated but they were never able to do so."

"It all happened so fast that it's still hard to believe it," he wrote. "The ER doc told us that even if we'd somehow spotted the issue earlier it wouldn't have made a difference in the end.

"He said that she'd been living on 'borrowed time' from the get go. Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together," the athlete added. "I've never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed."

Kenworthy also wrote the experience has been a complete "blur."

"She was so smart and playful. She brought so much happiness to so many people every single day," he wrote. "I'll always remember being out on a walk with her and every other second she would get stopped by someone wanting to pet her, kneel down and kiss her, hold her in their arms or take a photo and on many occasions a crowd of people would have formed around her. That was her power: she made people smile.

"She was the kindest, most gentle soul I've ever known. She loved people. She loved birds and the snow," Kenworthy added. "She loved me and Matt. But most of all she loved meeting other dogs. If any of you have pets up in doggy heaven please tell them to go find Bee because she could really use a good play date right now. RIP sweet creature - your daddy loves you more than you could ever even know!"


Kenworthy shared the news on Beemo's Instagram account, captioning the photo: "The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. RIP Beemo - you were and always will be very loved!"

Wilkas also paid tribute to the pup:

"I can't say I've ever experienced anything so heartbreaking," he captioned a photo of himself holding Beemo. "We pet her, we kissed her, we said our goodbyes and watched her take her last breaths.

"Many people who have never owned a dog might think to themselves 'it's just a dog.' But she wasn't just a dog. She was our friend, she was our family, she was there in the morning when we woke up, she was so happy to see us every time we came home, and she loved us unconditionally," the actor went on to say. "From the moment we met her on a dog meat farm in South Korea we knew how special she was. She made a hundred people smile every day.


"Every walk we took her on was interrupted again and again by people wanting to meet her, pet her, kiss her. (If you are reading this and you met her, then you know what i mean)," Wilkas wrote. "She loved people. She loved playing with other dogs. She loved birds. Even on her last walks, when she was at her most tired and weakest, she really just wanted to be a puppy and play.

"She changed peoples lives. She changed my life. She changed Gus's life. And she brought attention to an important cause (PLEASE RESCUE A DOG! PLEASE DONATE TO @hsiglobal THEY ARE, IN ADDITION TO DOING SO MANY OTHER THINGS, SHUTTING DOWN THE MEAT FARM INDUSTRY IN SOUTH KOREA!) I feel so grateful and lucky to have known her even for a brief moment," he concluded. "And I don't regret giving her a happy love-filled life only to be so heartbroken now. It was worth it. Goodbye Bee."


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