Beemo Means What? Gus Kenworthy Shares the Meaning Behind His Dog’s Name

Beemo Means What? Gus Kenworthy Shares the Meaning Behind His Dog’s Name

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By Stacy Lenz

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy may only be a silver medalist, but he’s golden in our eyes. We’ve been a fan of both his animal advocacy and his cute dogs in the past, so of course we are going to bring you updates on Gus and his fur child every opportunity we get! We’ve told you about how the Olympian and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas adopted a pupper from South Korea named Beemo ... but how is their little family now!?

In an interview with People, Gus answered those questions and more. As it turns out, adopting a dog from another country isn’t as simple as bringing the little furball on as your carry-on; there is a lengthy process for animals to be cleared to come into a new country, depending on where your animal is traveling to and from. Since Beemo was adopted with the help of the Humane Society International, they’ve stepped in and are helping the process along. The Humane Society has taken care of Beemo’s vaccinations and then, on March 13th, Beemo along with 89 other dogs will fly to Montreal where he will be reunited with Gus and Matt.

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. 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! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶

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But before the ball got rolling on Beemo joining their family stateside, it was Matt and Gus' first meeting with the star pupper — aka love at first cuddle. After playing with a gaggle of puppies, Gus picked up Beemo and just knew they were destined for a life together. He told People, “I picked her up and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m never putting her down.’”

The unusual name Beemo came to them just as easily. It’s actually the name of a character from the cartoon Adventure Time and it’s not the first time Gus has mined the cartoon world for pet naming inspiration either. Gus’ dog he adopted after the Sochi Olympics is named Jake after a dog on Adventure Time with the same name.

Jake's fav make out spot.

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We only have a few pictures of Beemo to tide us over for now, but we look forward to the family’s happy reunion and hope to see lots of pictures on social media of their reunion as early as next week!

New Olympics. Same me.

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