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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God bless you Vivian for giving that beautiful boy Blue a second chance for a new beginning and great life. Wishing you both endless years of unconditional love, happiness and health!
ASCPA, keep up the incredible fight for all of our defenseless friends against those humans who have no souls or hearts whether if be dog fighting, puppy mills etc.


good job, Vivan and Blue!


Thank You for rescuing one of God's creatures put on this earth to love not destroy.
Let us do more to stop the inhumane treatment of our dogs, cats, and wildlife.

debbie bukovan

Vivian- thank god for people like you! Blue is beautiful- like you I love his blue eye. Its amazing how dogs who have been so abused like Blue still have such a capacity for unconditional love. I wish you and Blue a terrific life together.


You are a blessing and don't even know or realize how much of a difference you have made.. Thank you!!!! Great story


As I have always said, God bless the ASPCA for the wonderful work they do to make better lives for our animal friends. All of you who are involved with the organization are truly favored children of God. My wife and I are both on SSD and live a very modest life with our two rescue 3 year old cats. We donate whatever we can to the ASPCA every month. I urge everyone who can do it, to please donate what you can afford. These precious beings are in great need of our help. They all deserve warmth, health and happy lives. What they give us in return is unconditional love which is the greatest thing any of us could want. One other thing. When you reach the age that you want to make out your final will and testament, please see if you can leave something for the organizations that help animals. They need as much as we can give them to continue the wonderful work that they do. Thank you Vivian for making Blue's life one of happiness and love. You have helped his soul heal and his love for you is complete. To the people of the ASPCA, may God bles and keep you and your families safe and happy.

Suzanne mullen

What a great story

Roxanne Phillips

This is a great dog!!! And Vivan you are a great person!!! I am so glad you found each other.

Roxanne Phillips

This is a great dog!!! And Vivian you are a great person!!! I am so glad you found each other.


Watching that poor pup greet his rescuer with such joy brought tears to my eyes. Having known nothing but horrible treatment from humans, he still wagged his tail and jumped for joy at the attention he got. Vivian, you and the workers who rescued Blue are my heroes!!! I hope you and Blue have a very long and happy life together!!!