Gus Kenworthy’s Adopted Puppy Passes Away Suddenly Due to Birth Defect

Gus Kenworthy and Beemo
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Gus Kenworthy announced on Saturday that Beemo — the dog he adopted during the Winter Olympics in South Korea — passed away due to a heart defect.

“Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away,” the Olympic skiier began. “It was completely unexpected and Matt and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with her loss.”

Kenworthy explained that after Beemo seemed to be showing less interest in her food, they took her to the vet for tests. He said a 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.”

They took Beemo to the ER, but the doc there explained even if they had detected it earlier, there was nothing to be done.

“He said that she’d been living on ‘borrowed time’ from the get go,” Kenworthy explained.

Gus Kenworthy and Beemo
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Grab the tissues, because this next part is going to hurt for any dog owner out there.

“Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together,” Kenworthy wrote. “I’ve never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed.”

Gus Kenworthy and Beemo
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Gus Kenworthy announced he was adopting Beemo in February after visiting a dog farm in South Korea. He posted a series of photos, describing the conditions and writing, “I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!”

Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away. 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. 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. 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. Unable to treat her there, I rushed her to the emergency vet where a breathing tube was put down her throat. They hoped that with a respirator breathing for her they could get her vitals back to a normal level so she could be treated but they were never able to do so. The past two days have been a blur. It all happened so fast that it's still hard to believe it. 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. I've never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed. She was so smart and playful. She brought so much happiness to so many people every single day. 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. 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!

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