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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You said what so many of us are thinking. Would you please run for president?


God bless you-- animals are Gods creations, not objects

blazer fan

I believe that taking care of animals is an obligation, they are on this earth and can't protect themselves. Then when they do, people want them dead. I have a new stray that came to my door with ripped open arm. I didn't need humid didn't want to replace my darling old sweetie. But Syl picked me. What could I do? My mom paid for a stray to have brain surgery !! So she taught me well.

Mary Radek

I pray for a time when no humans mistreat animals.

Mary Beth Dubinsky

Amen to that!

Jane Van Haaften

Your dog is beautiful and so are you for adopting him into a kind and loving home. Dog fighting is horrid and it must be stopped NOW with full legal strength that only laws and their enforcement can provide. Thank God for ASPCA! God Bless.

Linda Davis

Thank you for saving Blue, what a beautiful dog. I love happy endings. God Bless you and Blue !!


It takes many people to make one cruel wrong .. right. Please continue to support ASPCA and thank you everyone who adopts rescued pets.


I just finished reading the comment from Randy and when I tried to reply, it came up that the comment doesn't exist. Funny how the ASPCA wants to hide where the money is being spent. They do good work, but it's true about the bloated salaries and the % of each dollar that goes into the animals. I would encourage people to support their local shelters as well. Mine is a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill shelter that was the city pound at one time. We're celebrating our 15th year as a no-kill. All of our money goes back into the shelter and animals. I've no quarrel with ASPCA, except for their money management. It needs an overhaul. I wonder how long this message will last before they delete it?

blazer fan

Lady, you are correct !!!! Give to pounds. But you have to admit ASPCA puts their money where their mouth is in big cases. Look at Girl Scout Cookies. People think they are helping girls. Heck, have you ever seen how little goes to the girls??? So, it's everywhere.