ASPCA Happy Tails: Blue’s Story

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 9:30am
ASPCA Happy Tails: Blue’s Story

When Vivian adopted Blue from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), she knew nothing of the horrors the nine-month-old pup had endured at the hands of dog fighters. One of 77 dogs rescued in a multi-state dog fighting raid in March 2013, Blue was chained to a stake in the ground, exposed and shivering in blizzard-like conditions, when the ASPCA rescued him. For today’s special video Happy Tail, we traveled to Tucson to catch up with Vivian and Blue.

Vivian W. grew up in New York with all kinds of pets: cats, birds, even rodents. But she never had a dog. When she moved to Arizona last year, she decided that pit bull adoption was at the top of her priority list. On her second day in Tucson, she adopted Blue.

“It was love at first sight,” says Vivian, recalling the moment she met Blue. After spotting his picture online, she was drawn to his striking blue eye (for which he is named), but knew nothing of his past. As she later came to learn, Blue was rescued by the ASPCA in a massive dog fighting raid. He was emaciated and weighed just 30 pounds when he first arrived at the shelter.

After his adoption, Blue settled in with Vivian quickly. He now devotes his time to the finer things in life: “He loves people, as well as car rides and his rope toy—that’s his favorite,” says Vivian. He is never far from her side, especially when she’s sleeping or cooking, and has even taken a liking to olives, which grow on the many trees that dot their property.

“He seems to have forgotten about everything that happened, which is more than we can really ask for,” she adds.

Blue’s happiness is a testament to his resilient spirit. In many ways, he represents the thousands of dogs who have been rescued from abuse and who refuse to be defined by their traumatic past. Blue never gave up, just as we will never give up our commitment to ending dog fighting. In fact, April 8 marked our first annual National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, a day created to spread knowledge and understanding of dog fighting and to encourage animal lovers to take action against this barbaric practice.

We believe that there will come a time when dog fighting is seen for what it really is: the shameful pastime of cowards. But until that day comes, we will continue to fight for the victims—for dogs like Blue—so that they never have to fight again.

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Linda R

So happy for this sweet boy, God Bless you Both. Linda R


I write this with tears streaming down my face, for the cruelty that was inflicted on this loving dog named blue and the others rescued. Also tears of happiness that he now has a loving home. I also take in abused and abandoned dogs. With time they always flourish and are so loving.
Thank you ASPCA for the great work you all do!


God bless you for the love you give him and for saving the life of a precious animal.


It just shows you again what great dogs Pitbulls are. They have been in our family for over 40 years. And we just rescued another puppy from an abuse situation. Thank you Vivian. Good job! Blue is so very lucky to have you!

Kim Hockman

Thank you for sharing your experience with your precious boy! You are truly an angel! God bless you both!

ANNICA Eriksson

Bless u <3

Douglas Anderson

Wonderful glad that Vivian (she's an angel) & Blue found each other. And so glad for organizations like ASPCA!!!
I wish I could help & save them all.
The current laws need to be enforced everywhere and they need to become tougher (like do to you what you have done to the innocent - whether human or animal - then a lot of these loser-cowards would think twice)...animals today can lead to humans tomorrow.
I look forward to the day when this kind and all kinds of animal cruelty/abuse are a thing of the past.
Blue, I wish you a long life full of happiness & and those like you certainly deserve it after all you've been through.

Monika Saupitty

This video clip brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and your new companion :)

Monika Saupitty

This video clip brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and your new companion :)

Sonia Gonzalez-Rock

Thank God for all animal lovers and thank you Vivian for rescuing Blue.