Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is mourning the loss of the puppy he saved just three months ago.
Kenworthy, who competed in PyeongChang in February, and boyfriend Matt Wilkas rescued the dog from a meat farm in South Korea.
The puppy, Beemo, garnered more than 134,000 followers on Instagrams. Recently though, Kenworthy wrote, she had started losing interest in food.
At the veterinarian, she went into a panic attack.
“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,” the 26-year-old Olympian wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Kenworthy said Beemo’s death was a “blur” and that a doctor said she was living on “borrowed time.”
“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,” 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. She loved me and Matt.”