|Yes, that me...I'm Blue!|
It’s often not easy to be a companion animal in Sierra County, especially a puppy that nobody wants. That’s what happened to a furry little guy who came into the world in this part of the desert southwest during the spring of 2004. When the pup was still very young, his owners moved from Elephant Butte to TorC. They did not want to bring him along, so they passed him on to some neighbors of theirs. Soon after that, his new owners moved away, leaving the little guy behind - only a few months old and already all alone. He had to find his place in the world or die trying. The little dog had blue eyes, so “Blue” became his name – a Blue Heeler puppy not yet four months old.
As time went on, Blue made many friends throughout his neighborhood. JR of Casa Taco built him a dog house and cared for him for a while. When JR’s health deteriorated, the folks at Butte General Store & Marina became his new guardian angels. Blue is 6 years old now. Along the way, he has earned a reputation of being gentle, easy-going and also very loyal. Blue has indeed carved his place in the world – he is now the unofficial “greeter” at the General Store.
Blue is very special to the folks in E.B. who know him or his story. They care enough to help insure the safety and well being of this little guy who came into this world several years ago as a throw-away - a small pup nobody seemed to want. Blue is now neutered and his shots are kept up-to-date, thanks to a community that rallied together in his support and made a commitment to help with his upkeep and routine vet bills. It’s obvious that Blue means a lot to a lot of people in Elephant Butte who have come to see him as a community dog. In a society that, sadly, tends to see animals as unimportant creatures, throwaways discarded at will, it is very refreshing to know that there are still folks in our communities, in our neighborhoods, folks who care enough to do what is right when the opportunity arises. Kudos are due to all the great folks who are watching over Blue, the "Community Dog of Elephant Butte City".
This week, we dedicated this article to Blue and we trust that our readers will appreciate our reason for doing so. Those of us who sometimes wonder whether or not there is some compassion left in our materialistic society, the story of Blue rekindles our trust that there is still a lot of good in the human heart.
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