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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Mary Oetjens

I love happy endings...Vivian may you and Blue have a great life together...bless you both.


This is why I always say the worst and most dangerous animals on earth are the HUMAN ones.


Sorry don't mean to include the humans that realize how special the love these animals can give is. Just the rest of the world


Sorry don't mean to include the humans that realize how special the love these animals can give is. Just the rest of the world

Nancy Collins

The story of Blue touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. God Bless you and ASPCA for saving this beautiful baby.
May all the people who abused him and left in shivering in the cold suffer a horrible fate for the evil they have done.

Jayne Robbins

Thank you for saving this baby :)

Irma Montanez

Thank soooooooooo much Vivian you are an angel good bless you always like many of us who rescue or adopted beautiful pits.


Vivian you and Blue are awesome!! Thank you so much from all of us. God bless you.

Magdalena Pelko

Great friend forever! I saw pictures of Blue in Spring 2014 ASPCA Guardians publication and kept looking at the one on a chain and how sad it made me feel. He was soo sad!! Whoever chains innocent animals and use them for dog fighting is out of this world!!
It breaks me.

I just watched your video and am so so glad you found him! I will raft Blue River in Colorado next week and will be conquering currents thinking of Blue and you!

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