PHOTO: USA's Oshie and Backes show off their Olympic puppies

by Feb 23, 12:31 PM

St. Louis Blues and Team USA forwards T.J. Oshie and David Backes are back on American soil, and while they weren't able to bring home a medal, they didn't return empty handed:

For more on the Puppy Olympics, check out the absolutely adorable storyline below. 

Feb 19, 11:07 AM

PHOTO: Daily dose of puppy love from skier Gus Kenworthy

by Feb 19, 11:07 AM

Olympic silver medalist and puppy advocate Gus Kenworthy's trip home was delayed by his new four-legged family members, but it looks like the exhausting process is worth it.

Photographer friend Robin MacDonald captured the skier napping with Rosa on Tuesday night. Hint: Rosa is not the name of that Olympic hardware.

Feb 18, 12:40 AM

U.S. freestyle skier Kenworthy's trip home delayed by puppy adoption

by Feb 18, 12:40 AM

The homecoming party for Gus Kenworthy is on hold because of his adorable puppies. The American silver medalist was set for a flight home to Colorado on Monday, but his adoption of four stray puppies and their mother from Sochi has forced that trip to be delayed, according to a report from the Denver Post.

Paperwork needed for the dogs to join Kenworthy on his flight back home has not yet been completed, forcing him to stay in Russia for a few extra days.

Still, the delay isn't all bad. It gives us a reason to show off the puppies again.

Feb 17, 3:53 PM

The U.S. men's hockey team would like some dogs

by Feb 17, 3:53 PM

We have more great news for Sochi's stray dogs: the American men's ice hockey team is in the market. 

We're sure the American Humane Society is thrilled.

In all seriousness, we stand with our four-legged friends in Sochi, and hope they find good homes in Russia or the United States. 

David Backes, captain of the St. Louis Blues, is an animal enthusiast. He launched "Athletes for Animals" in November.

The organization is "a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide."

Feb 13, 9:36 AM

American Gus Kenworthy's going home with adorable puppies (and a silver medal)

by Feb 13, 9:36 AM

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy was part of the American contingent that swept the podium in the men's ski slopestyle event on Thursday. Kenworthy won a silver medal, but he's going home with so much more than that, writes The Washington Post's Rick Maese:

Not only will his carry-on luggage include a newly won Olympic silver medal, but Kenworthy is hoping to take a family of stray puppies back home to Colorado.

Look at the puppies:

Wait. Look at this one

Oh my glob, indeed. 

Kenworthy's arranging for the dogs to be vaccinated, so he can take them back home. 

"I've been a dog lover my whole life," he said, "and to find the cutest family of strays ever here at the Olympics was just a fairy-tale way to have it go down." 

The silver medal sounds like the cherry on top of Kenworthy's trip to Sochi. He'd have been content, it seems, to go home with only the puppies. And can you blame him? 

Feb 13, 8:55 AM

How to smuggle stray dogs out of Sochi

by Feb 13, 8:55 AM

Stray dogs aren't new to Russia's coastal region, but with the world's eyes on the Olympic Winter Games, the fate of the four-legged residents on Sochi's streets has been thrust into the spotlight.

The Washington Post reports dog-loving volunteers from Moscow, more than 1,000 miles from Sochi, drove to the farthest point they could legally go without Olympics credentials to rescue as many of the strays destined for extermination if they remain in the area.

They connected with volunteers who took the long road along the Black Sea's mountainous coast northwest of Sochi with cars full of canines. Tuapse is a little over an hour outside of the Olympic Park's heart.

Monday night in Tuapse, 41-year-old Igor Airapetyan dropped off a carload of donated dog food and medicine to go back to Sochi. In exchange, he and three others loaded 24 furry passengers -- including one pregnant pup -- from Sochi into cars bound for new homes in Moscow and beyond.

Said Airapetyan: “This won’t solve the problem, but we’re trying to attract attention to it. And a life is a life. Saving even one life is important.”

Part-time lawyer Dina Filippova told the Post that Sochi's large community of strays has been subject to extermination for more than seven years.

“I found six puppies in the park across the street,” the Sochi-based Fillipova said. “I didn’t know about the shooting then. I thought dogs lived happily on the street.”

Fillipova has 24 dogs in temporary foster homes for $150 a month, plus food and medicine provided through donations. Her advocacy group has helped rescue 500 dogs over the last two years. Airapetyan first proposed the 'dog-lift' in January to Fillipova, and the first 1,000-mile journey was a success.

Feb 3, 2:30 PM

Thousands of stray dogs to be exterminated in Sochi

by Feb 3, 2:30 PM

A company called Basya Services has been hired by the Russian government to kill over 2,000 stray dogs ahead of the Sochi Games, according to the Associated Press.

"Let's call things by their real name," said Alexei Sorokin, head of Basya Services, via ABC News."These dogs are biological trash."

According to the Associated Press, thousands of dogs have been roaming the streets near the Olympic village, and according to Sorokin have been biting children.

They've even been showing up at reporters' hotels, according to CBC's Andrew Chang.

Sorokin recently witnessed a stray dog walk in on a rehearsal of the opening ceremonies and wondered what would happen if this had happened during an actual event.

"God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country."

According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, large, dead dogs have been spotted around the Olympic venue.