Gus Kenworthy mourns death of dog he rescued from South Korea

Gus Kenworthy captioned an Instagram photo, after announcing on Saturday that the dog he rescued from a South Korean meat farm had died as the result of a heart defect. The dog named Beemo had been adopted during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

“Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away. It was completely unexpected and Matt [Wilkas] and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with the 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,” Gus wrote on Instagram.

Although Kenworthy then rushed Beemo to the vet where she was placed on a respirator, her vitals were never able to return to normal. Sadly it would not have mattered had Beemo’s condition been diagnosed earlier – she had been living on “borrowed time.”

“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…”

For everyone who remembers when Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas visited one of the 17,000 dog farms in South Korea, it had been love at first sight when they found the adorable puppy. Beemo was finally was able to enter the United States after her quarantine. She had garnered more than 130,000 followers on Instagram and has continued to advocate for the rescue of dogs raised in the most inhumane conditions in South Korean meat farms.

Rest in peace Beemo.

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15 replies
  1. slv says:

    How about adopting another? Plenty more need home. Thank you for bringing attention to the barbaric meat market dogs. This cruelty must be stopped.

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  2. Melissa Gurley says:

    So sorry for your loss thank you for loving this dog and giving this beautiful dog a home you rescued this dog from the unthinkable if only would could save them all from these horrid places God bless

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  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    My sincere condolences to Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas for their loss of Beemo, such a beautiful, sweet dog. It is so sad they didn’t have more time with her but they saved her life and gave her love which she never would have had, had they not gone above and beyond to bring her home. Rest in peace sweet girl.

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  4. Marni Montanez says:

    God bless you Ken and Matt. Thank you for saving Beemo from the torture that awaited her. I think you all needed each other.

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  5. Stephen says:

    I know the heartache of unexpectedly losing an animal, look thru the rescues/shelters in your area and on line find a dog or cat who is out of time and take him/her in…he/she will be a living being that will make Beemo smile and know that the love you shred has saved another.

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  6. Jacqueline says:

    So very sorry for your loss, absolutely a beautiful dog. I also adopted my sweet Thai from Thailand and love her to pieces. Please try to remember the beautiful life you gave and soon do it again for another abused dog????

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  7. Jan Barnes says:

    Aloha, Kenworthy and Family

    Thank you for giving Beemo the happy fulfilled life he would never have had
    without you. One day you and your little angel dog will be joined in heaven forever.

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  8. susispot says:

    Ken did a wonderful thing when he spoke out and gave the dogs suffering in dog farms a voice. He brought home a beautiful dog and gave her a dream life. I know he will do more…once his heart has healed a bit. RIP Beemo, you were given such a gift and in return, you gave much joy to your hero.

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  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Gus Kenworthy & – Matt Wilkas – I am so deeply sorry about Beemo – you loved him and he loved both of you in return – Please remember – you saved him for a horrific fate and gave him the best life possible even though it was only for a short time – because of your kindness and compassion for these ill fated dogs, you made Beemo a model for all the dogs in South Korea who are desperate to be saved. Please remember Beemo for being the little hero he was.

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  10. Jan Barnes says:

    You and Beemo were both superheroes! I deeply hope and pray that there will be hundreds of thousands of dogs that will be as loved as Beemo!

    Again, thank you for being the “gift” that you are!

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