Olympic snowboarder Gus Kenworthy has been reunited with his puppies from Sochi!!!!!
The 22-year-old silver medalist was reunited with the stray dogs — Jake, Rosa, Mishka, Mom, and Stryder — he adopted while competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, on The Today Show on Friday morning (March 14).
“It’s just incredible. It feels so nice to have them home,” Gus dished to the hosts. “These dogs, they’ve traveled thousands of miles and it’s been many, many weeks of this whole process kind of coming to an end and just really can’t thank Robin and the Humane Society International enough for making it happen.”
His pal Robin McDonald, who was in Russia working on getting the animals home explained the delay: “We encountered some government roadblocks when we there. A politician claimed the dogs were theirs and they didn’t want to release them to us for whatever reason. They were kind of kept away from me for the duration that I was there. We were fighting with the Humane Society International to get them proper treatment and to get them to care, and it took too long and two of the dogs unfortunately did pass away.”
Gus added, “I think that’s the best part for me. We’ve had people come up to both of us and tell us what they either donated to the Humane Society or went and adopted a dog here, so that’s awesome to see. I think that we’re really just hoping to bring awareness to the plight of the dogs in Russia and hopefully set up some shelters and stuff there. So in future world cups and different events, there will be a better system in place so this doesn’t happen again. So if someone wants to take a dog back, they can take a dog back. It’s not going to be a horrible process.”
Check out their interview below and meet the dogs!
Gus Kenworthy Brings His Dogs to ‘Today’