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This Olympian Should Win A Medal In Humanity

on February 27, 2014

I’m not a sports lover, so I’m not one for watching the Olympics (don’t throw rotten fruit at me!!); in recent years I’ve become disgusted by the inhumanity some countries embrace just to make their streets look better for the cameras and tourists, not to mention attracting new business.

From China bulldozing generations-old family huts and leaving poverty-stricken families homeless – their main goal for doing this, of course, was to make things look good for reporters’ and tourists’ cameras – to Russia euthanizing thousands of homeless stray dogs with pesticides, the greed and ugliness behind the spectacle turns my stomach and turns me off. What seems to have started out all those years ago as a true athletic competition in the spirit of good sportsmanship seems to have turned a very ugly corner.

But there are bright spots – people with hearts who won’t ignore these atrocities, like the Russian billionaire who created a makeshift shelter to save those poor strays, many of which were just puppies.

And US Olympian Gus Kenworthy, a silver medalist who makes me proud to have him represent our country for far more than just his medals. Kenworthy was arranging for puppy vaccinations and trying to bring at least four puppies he found in Sochi back home with him.

One guy making a difference. Imagine that multiplied by hundreds. If only.

Gus Kenworthy takes home more than a gold medal in my opinion – he gets an unprecedented platinum medal for heart, humanity, and kindness. And that may be an understatement.

It's not those animals' faults that they're strays....

It’s not those animals’ faults that they’re strays….

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32 responses to “This Olympian Should Win A Medal In Humanity

  1. KDKH says:

    I agree with all that you said!

  2. Coccolino says:

    Perfectly said. I was so in awe of him and so proud to have him represent US. If only more were like him.

  3. I agree completely. I have heard a lot about people helping the dogs, which is awesome.

  4. I agree. Between all the damaging and cruelty things what happened in this country there was one person who had a heart and who helped. I wish we had more Gus Kenworthy’s, the world would be a better place.

  5. Will and Eko says:

    I saw that story earlier and it put a big smile on my face. Bringing home a medal and some pups in need, not a bad trip!

  6. Humanity certainly has its flaws. But there are a lot of good people in this world. I know life is still really tough for dogs in some areas of the world, but I think we’ve come a long way over the past few decades. Thousands of animal shelters in the US are turning to no-kill. Several new animal cruelty laws have been implemented and enforced with a heavy hand. Many shelters for women are starting to allow pets. Hotels, hospitals, and a lot of other places are becoming pet friendly. Sure, there are part of the world who have a long long way to go before they get to where we are, but we are moving forward in setting an example. Even as bloggers, we are setting a positive example and making a difference.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      And thank goodness for all that positive forward movement and the continued kindness of strangers! But it still upsets me when any government sees more merit in doing away with its “embarrassments” when cast into the international spotlight rather than doing something to help the situation by valuing life, whether human or animal. They turned a blind eye to these issues all along, then their last-minute solution is to destroy rather than to do what Kenworthy, the Russian billionaire, and others proved was possible. But like you said, it’s wonderful that America and some other countries are setting a good example. Let’s hope others catch up quickly. :)

  7. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all,

    It sure is nice to know that there are really caring people out in the world. I hate hearing someone say, “it’s only an animal”. Hey! We have feelings too!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. Gus Kenworthy is an exceptional young man. He has shown in Sochi that he is not only an incredible skier but a wonderful human being.

  9. Jodi says:

    There were a number of Olympians that brought dogs home, which is what ultimately swayed me to watch the Olympics. I knew there would be some amazing things being done over there and I wasn’t wrong.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/olympic-hockey-player-david-backes-brings-home-2-pooches-from-sochi/

    Thanks so much for joining the blog hop!!

  10. barb19 says:

    Gus put into action what he was feeling, and made it happen for those four puppies; at least they have a decent future now. He has my vote for humanity – worth more than all the gold, silver and bronze medals put together.
    Great post!

  11. One of the highlights of the Olympics. You look adorable Daisy!

  12. 2browndawgs says:

    Thanks so much for joining Barks and Bytes. :) I believe I read somewhere that many of the homeless animals had been pets, but neighborhoods were bulldozed to build Olympic venues. I wish the athletes had taken a principled stand and stayed at home. If the athletes said no this is not acceptable, then maybe the IOC and hosting county would have reconsidered killing all those animals.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Good point. It’s even worse that neighborhoods were bulldozed to build Olympic venues. That’s what I’m talking about – more value should be given to lives, both human and animal, than making space and “cleaning up” areas for the Olympics. It’s ridiculous and certainly not at all in keeping with the original intent of the games.

  13. Clowie says:

    I do agree with you. I think the organisers of these events need to start taking some responsibility for what happens in the countries hosting them.

  14. He is one guy us anipals and peeps love :) Lets hope others follow :) xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  15. megtraveling says:

    That was such a upbeat and positive story from the Olympics!

  16. Novroz says:

    Thank you for sharing this. He has such a big heart.

    I love Olympics but I never realized such bad things happened behind the preparation :(

  17. Hi Guys? Hope all is well, you haven’t blogged in such a long time :( Really miss you!
    Marty and Mom

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