Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas concluded their summer of love by escaping to Fire Island Pines, New York for the long holiday weekend. And they brought their new pup, Birdie, along for the ride.
The other day, Matt shared this photo of himself, Gus, and Birdie lounging by the poolside with his 150+ Instagram followers, along with the caption: “Puppy pile.”
The guys adopted Birdie last month, just a few weeks after losing their first dog, Beemo, who passed away suddenly after it was discovered she was born with an enlarged heart.
Birdie came along in August.
“She’s a 5-month-old Jindo/Lab mix and we named her Birdie (because birds were one of Beemo’s favorite things in the world),” Gus said in an Instagram post.
“Nothing in the world could ever replace Beemo 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.”
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The day Matt and I visited the horrifying dog meat farm in South Korea we witnessed a mother dog giving birth to a litter of pups. The people at @hsiglobal told us that had they not been there filming my visit nobody would've seen the pups immediately and they likely would've died in the brutal cold. Luckily though I saw them and they were rushed inside and saved. A few weeks later when all 90 of the dogs on that farm (including Beemo) were flown to North America that mother and her newborn litter were the only ones that stayed behind because the pups were too young to travel. After Beemo passed away I was feeling completely empty and I reached back out to the Humane Society International to find out what happened to that litter. I found out that they were still in Korea and I began getting photo and video updates on them as I waited for another farm closure and an opportunity for them to be brought to the States. That finally happened and four days ago I picked this little girl up in DC. She's a 5-month-old Jindo/ Lab mix and we named her Birdie (because birds were one of Beemo's favorite things in the world). Nothing in the world could ever replace Beemo 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. A HUGE thank you goes out to @hsiglobal for bringing our new baby home and for all they do for animals in need around the world (follow them and support their cause). Also an immense amount of gratitude goes to @awlaarlington for taking care of Birdie in DC until I could fly there to pick her up! I am going to continue Beemo's Instagram with pupdates on Birdie. I was nervous that would seem disrespectful to Beemo's memory but I actually LOVE the idea that both of my beautiful little girls will share the page. Also, a huge part of the reason I started Beemo's page in the first place was to continue promoting animal rescue and raise awareness for the dog meat trade and since the page already has a following I thought it'd be more impactful to keep it going rather than start all over again. Follow along! @b_pups #DogsAreFriendsNotFood #AdoptDontShop ?????????? ??
We’re glad the guys are having such a great time with their new four-legged companion.
Scroll down for more adorable pics of Matt, Gus, and Miss Birdie…
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My dad's friend @taylormillerphoto has shot with @tyrabanks and @adrianalima so obviously he needed to shoot with me. Despite being new to modeling he told me that I had more camera presence and natural ability than anyone he's ever worked with. Sorry Tyra, his words not mine…