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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Anna Marie

I love story's like this ..poor baby!! thank you ASPCA


Thank you Vivian and enjoy your life with Blue...
God bless.


Vivian, thank you so much for rescuing Blue and what a wonderful and sweet dog he is!! I would love to see every person that is involved in dog fighting put away for life with their own chains around their necks!!

Colette Corriveau

I too rescued a dog who was abused and neglected, chained to a tree, grossly underweight(He weighed 37 pounds when I adopted him, not at 54 pounds and in great condition according to his vet), heart worm and parasite positive and scared of small places. I truly will never understand how people could do such things.
He is a wonderful,quiet, easy going addition to our family. His only draw back is he snores,lol, like a person.
Congrats to you Vivian on your new family addition.

Sabrina mathenia

You rock!!! thank you sooo much for loving and giving a good home to Blue. We need more people like you!;)


Blue, you have your happy ending and Vivian, your soul shines so bright. Thank you for the love you give him!


Beautiful story! If only all the animal stories had such a great end/beginning. People need to know that our animals are our forever babies. They do not grow up and become independent. WE need to care for them for THEIR entire life. LOVE ALL MY FELLOW ANIMAL LOVERS!!


Just brought tears to my eyes, such love between you two can so be seen there. long life to you both.


Thank your for your kind heart- animals deserve this kindness.

Patricia Becton

Thank you, Vivian, for rescuing one more beautiful life--so glad Blue is now in a loving, supportive home. And thank you ASPCA--keep up your incredible work.