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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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Lonewolf

Beautiful - happy ending...and beginning!!

There is no "changing" animal abusers. Killing them would just end their
miserable lives.
I would want their misery to last and last and last and last and last and...
well, I think you get the picture.

I love animals and they love me...
Hurt one asshole and you will see...
Why those animals all love me.

Lonewolf

Ooohhh - to have a place to take these p.o.s. - and have them beg a billion times to end their pain and suffering, (imagine the possibilities) and say....nah, you liked
watching it - didn't you?....so do I.

Sheena

Thank you Vivian and all of you who are saving dogs / cats. We have always had rescue dogs / cats. I'm positive that they say thank you everyday. But the gift of their love means so much to us. We call them our furry kids. We have fenced acres and a doggy door in our house. They adapt quickly to being loved / fed / a warm cozy bed / a doggy swimming pool. Our precious dogs, one of which is a pit bull, are the best therapy in the world. Any time either of us is feeling down or complaining about something, all we need to do is look at these dogs and what they have tolerated from cruel people, and the fact that they are now giving us unconditional love. What would we do without them. And what would we do without all of you that rescue these precious babies every day; and thank you ASPCA. We continue to donate what ever we can.

Sheena

Thank you Vivian and all of you who are saving dogs / cats. We have always had rescue dogs / cats. I'm positive that they say thank you everyday. But the gift of their love means so much to us. We call them our furry kids. We have fenced acres and a doggy door in our house. They adapt quickly to being loved / fed / a warm cozy bed / a doggy swimming pool. Our precious dogs, one of which is a pit bull, are the best therapy in the world. Any time either of us is feeling down or complaining about something, all we need to do is look at these dogs and what they have tolerated from cruel people, and the fact that they are now giving us unconditional love. What would we do without them. And what would we do without all of you that rescue these precious babies every day; and thank you ASPCA. We continue to donate what ever we can.

Manuela Lopez

I am so glad BLUE got another chance at live.
Thank you so much

Mountain Man

Thank you Vivian for adopting Blue and loving him. Oh how I would love to treat these people that abuse animals exactly the same as they have done to these dogs: a heavy chain around their neck and staked out in all kinds of weather with no shelter, no adequate water or food or starved until their bones stick out, beaten for no reason, no loving, and sent into a ring to fight for their lives. To punish these sick abusive people like this would be far better than fining them or throwing them in jail. Thank you for loving Blue and thank God we have ASPCA. I will continue to donate.

Susie

I abhor any "thing" that occupies space, time, air, and energy that harms any animal, any animal. Man is nature's worse enemy! Man, only mankind, could use innocent animals for their selfish and greedy purposes! I agree with so many comments, give these "things" exactly, no, WORSE, than they give these precious animals!

Susan

I donated to the ASPCA after they seized those poor dogs. I have at pit bull and love him to death. He is my protector and my best friend. He was originally my son's dog. I kept him because I could not bear to put another pit bull in a shelter. He has grown up in my home for the past seven years. I now volunteer with a pit bull rescue group and am able to give lots of love to other dogs. I have been blessed. I hope others read this and realize that pit bulls are not to be feared but to be loved. They have so much love to give. Thank you for all you do, ASPCA, to help my beloved breed.

Susan Spencer

God bless you, Vivian & Blue! Happy Trails! :)

Tina

Blue is gorgeous. They should chain up the people with tight collars & leave them in the snow to freeze.

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