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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Lynn Selmser

Thank you for saving his life. They bring so much love.....


People who fight dogs should be killed, stuffed and mounted!


People who enjoy watching dogs getting ripped apart should be killed and I will be happy to rid the world of them if they ever need someone to pull the switch!


People who enjoy watching dogs getting ripped apart should be killed and I will be happy to rid the world of them if they ever need someone to pull the switch!


it's wonderful when one or two can find their way out to a better place, but that doesn't help the hundreds that suffer and die horrid deaths when no help came in time or at all. There is a revolving door in our justice system for dealing with this crime. The perpetrators get a hand slap and they are out the door and right back to it because they are too ignorant to do anything else for such good money. The only way to stop the abuse is to stop the abusers permanently. Find the fights, lock the doors and burn the building down.

Julie Seis

Bless you both! Sooo happy for both of you…


What a truly handsome boy with such soulful eyes. Thank you ASPCA for saving this innocent dog a chance for a good life filled with love and companionship.

Anyone who could treat another living soul so cruelly can no longer be called a human being. They are but souless snail slime and deserve only scorn and shame or worse. Hope they are doing some really hard time in jail. It's the least they deserve.


I love this story….Thank you, Vivian.

Neil Richards

Vivian, you are a true hero to rescue Blue and show him the loving home and care that all animals deserve. Dogfight proponents are true cowards and hopefully people see them for what cruel and emotionless dregs they are. I hope you watch this Michael Vick....


How can anyone treat animals in such a cruel way. I agree, the abusers should be put out in the cold, chained, starved and then have them fight.