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Those who represented Team USA are arriving home from Sochi, and some are bringing new friends back with them.
Lucky for these two becoming an American citizen isn't quite so hard for dogs.
"We have all these jokes now going around like, well I don't understand their accent,” said Brittany Broombaug, Five Acres Animal Shelter.
But, getting them here did have its challenges.
"That was quite a mission. There's a lot of no answers to questions when we're trying to get them out,” said David Backes, rescued Sochi strays.
But, Backes and his wife couldn't bear to leave the pups they'd named Sochi Junior and Sochi Jake after they kept showing up in Olympic Village.
"What we see as our loving pets and sleeping in bed with us, or as family members, they're not necessarily thought of that way all around the world."
So they got the paperwork and early Monday, Backes tweeted from New York, “one flight left to St. Louis and mission accomplished!”
Hours after that Junior and Jake were on their way to St. Charles.
"These two lives isn't going to make a huge impact on the stray population of Sochi, we're well aware of that. But the stories they can tell and the examples they can set for people is something that will be exponentially multiplied,” said Backes.
The dogs will be contained for 30 days while they get their shots then they'll go up for adoption in the St. Louis area.