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Russian Dogs Find Homes Abroad

This story is about more than stray dogs and the compassion we feel for and about them...

Published: April 2, 2014 (Issue # 1804)



  • Robin Douglas Macdonald and Mum in New York Citys Washington Square Park. It took weeks to transport the dogs from Sochi to the U.S. with the help of Humane Society International.
    Photo: Christopher Lane / AP

  • Borya is one of the dogs waiting to be adopted from the Viipurin Koirat Ry shelter in Finland.
    Photo: Mika Federley / Viipurin Koirat ry

  • Kuzma was found wounded in Vyborg. He lived in a shelter for a long time before being adopted. He now lives in Espoo.
    Photo: Ira Müller

  • Mauri, who was adopted as a puppy, enjoying the Finnish summer.
    Photo: Ira Müller

  • The puppies rush to get toys brought to the Viipurin Koirat Ry shelter by Finnish volunteers.
    Photo: Mika Federley / Viipurin Koirat ry

While some American athletes took home medals from the Sochi Games, others took home something a little bit bigger, furrier and a whole lot cuter local stray dogs.

Abandoned and doomed to a life on the streets in Sochi, these dogs captured the hearts of foreign athletes during their stay in Russia and now a number of athletes are working hard to give these animals a new life in America. Included in this list is American slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who became so attached to a family of stray dogs he found near the media center in Sochi that he decided to take them home with him. However, after taking nearly a month to get them out of Russia, two of the dogs have since died but the remaining five, a mother and her puppies, finally arrived in New York. on Mar. 14.

Related: Mission to Help Save Condemned Stray Sochi Dogs

Its just incredible. It feels so nice to have them home here. These dogs have traveled thousands of miles, and its been many, many weeks of this whole process finally coming to an end, Kenworthy told USA Today on Mar. 14.

Theyre very sweet. Theyre very comfortable around people. Theyre very docile. Theyre more than happy to be held and played with, he said.

Kenworthy will keep two of the puppies while the litters mother will live with Kenworthys mother. Another puppy will live with this brother and the last puppy will be adopted.

Related: St. Petersburg Bans Dog Hunter Sites

Another U.S. athlete following Kenworthys lead is Lindsey Jacobellis. Despite an unsuccessful run in the womens snowboard (she crashed in the semi-final, finishing 7th overall), Jacobellis.took home a black-and-tan pooch and named it Sochi. Ryan Miller, the goalkeeper for the U.S. mens ice hockey team, also brought home a furry friend a white dog with brown ears and black spots and mentioned that a couple of other stray dogs have been adopted by his team members. David Backes, a forward on the U.S. ice hockey team, together with his wife, also found shelter for dogs through their own program Athletes for Animals.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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