Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy shared his heartbreak over his dog’s death in a long Instagram post.
He shared with his one million followers that Beemo, the dog he rescued from deplorable conditions in South Korea during the Olympics in Pyeongchang, died on Thursday.
Beemo was not eating, so Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas took her to the vet where after a series of tests it was discovered 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’.
Skier Gus Kenworthy shared the heartbreaking news in a long Instagram post, accompanied by an adorable photo of Beemo
Just last month Kenworthy shared this adorable selfie with Beemo, who had hidden health problems
She died after having having respiratory distress. According to the vet there was nothing that could have been done for Beemo that she was ‘living on borrowed time’.
In the gut wrenching post, Kenworthy writes a tribute to his puppy: ‘Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together. 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 and Wilkas announced that they were adopting Beemo when they visited one of an estimated 17,000 dog farms in South Korea, where dogs are being raised for food.
At the time, Kenworthy was careful to note that he is not in any way trying to change the Korean culture of eating dog, writing ‘while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here.’
Kenworthy, right, holding Beemo and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas visited a dog farm during the Pyeongchang Olympics in February
Kenworthy, holding a very tiny Beemo, and seen with other dogs as he surveyed the scene
Dogs in Korea are sometimes raised as food, and the conditions they live in are horrible as Kenworthy saw firsthand.
The dogs that they visited in Korea were all scheduled to be sent to the US and to Canada and would be adopte
Instead he railed against the inhumane treatment at these farms, saying that ‘the dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions,’ and goes on to describe the ‘excruciating’ way they are put to death.
Kenworthy and Wilkas along with Humane Society International talked the farmer they visited into stopping the farming of dogs, and all the dogs they visited were to be sent to the US and Canada– including Beemo.
Beemo had her own Instagram account which now carries the simple tribute, ‘the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. RIP Beemo – you were and always will be very loved!’
A sweet picture of Beemo on her own Instagram page, accompanies a moving tribute from Kenworthy
Kenworthy tweeted a goodbye to Beemo. Her heart was too big for her body, according to the vet