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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I wish the two of you a life filled with love and happiness!!! You both have compassion and a lot of love to share.....You two are the true hero's and why rescue never gives up...We can talk all day long about the cowards that do this and get know were... actions speak louder than words and one day they will have to answer to a higher power.


thank you for rescuing Blue


I was struck by how happy he was to see his rescuers, and how affectionate he was towards them.


Yes, a great dog and person, too. Thank you !


Yes, a great dog and person, too. Thank you !


Your story made me cry. I love animals and I have rescued Samy a pit.
They are the most loyal loving frineds you can have.
God blees you and Blue!


What a sweet face blue has. Such a great story.




Thanks for the video. I like seeing the dogs in their new homes, especially the ones from cruelty cases. I teared up at the end. What a beauty!


Bless you Vivian for giving sweet Blue a loving home and a new beginning that he deserved! He looks happy and healthy and I hope you two have many, many wonderful years ahead.