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Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend get tattoos dedicated to their rescue dog

Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend get tattoos dedicated to their rescue dog

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Winter Olympic medallist Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend have paid tribute to their beloved rescue dog.

Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas rescued, Beemo, during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in early 2018. But they tragically lost Beemo in May after she died from a birth defect.

But the pair had Beemo immortalized on their bodies with tattoos of the dog during their trip to London over New Year’s.

‘Like everybody, my year had a lot of ups-and-downs. One of my biggest highlights came while I was in Korea. Just being there, competing in my second Winter Olympics (this time out and proud), was a highlight in and of itself but more so than that was what happened the day after I competed,’ Kenworthy wrote on Instagram.

‘Matt and I had a gut-wrenching visit to a dog meat farm where we meet and adopted our first dog, Beemo and also witnessed the birth of our other pup, Birdie.

‘Although our time with Beemo was short she changed our lives and stole our hearts. After her unexpected passing we pledged that we would get tattoos in her honor. I brought Matt to London for New Year’s and surprised him with appointments for us to finally get our tattoos done.’

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Like everybody, my year had a lot of ups-and-downs. One of my biggest highlights came while I was in Korea. Just being there, competing in my second Winter Olympics (this time out and proud), was a highlight in and of itself but moreso than that was what happened the day after I competed. Matt and I had a gut-wrenching visit to a dog meat farm where we meet and adopted our first dog, Beemo and also witnessed the birth of our other pup, Birdie. Although our time with Beemo was short she changed our lives and stole our hearts. After her unexpected passing we pledged that we would get tattoos in her honor. I brought Matt to London for New Year’s and surprised him with appointments for us to finally get our tattoos done by a really talented artist that I love, @nichlashaldtattoo! Nic is the sweetest and the cutest – definitely check him out! I couldn’t be happier with how the portraits turned out and I am immensely proud to have a little bit of Beemo living on with us forever! ❤️🐝

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In August 2018, the couple adopted Birdie, another rescue dog from South Korea. But Kenworthy wanted to be sure he didn’t disrespect Beemo’s memory.

‘Nothing in the world could ever replace Beemo,’ wrote Kenworthy last year, ‘Or the love that we felt and still feel for her but Birdie has already stolen a new place in our hearts and we’re excited to be dog dads again.