For U.S. Olympic freeskier, Gus Kenworthy, winning the silver medal in men’s slopestyle skiing yesterday wasn’t the only exciting thing to happen in Sochi!
When the avid animal lover got word of a mother dog and her litter of puppies living underneath a security tent outside the main entrance of the media center in Rosa Khutor village in Sochi, Kenworthy hopped on the next available gondola to go check them out – and immediately fell in love!
puppy love is real to puppies. pic.twitter.com/krauCUPjOg
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014
Now, Kenworthy is doing everything possible to get the mother and her pups back home to the states.
“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!” he Tweeted.
He further explained that getting the puppies back home – where he’s already got adopters lined up for 3 of them and plans to keep the 4th – shouldn’t be a problem, but getting their mother to the states is a bigger challenge as their are more restrictions on adult dogs.
A dog lover his entire life, Kenworthy lost his own dog, Mack, a mixed-breed he adopted from the Colorado Humane Society, last year.
He told USA Today, “I’ve been a dog lover my whole life and to find just the cutest family of strays ever, here at the Olympics, was just a fairy tale way to have that go down.”