UPDATE: New Mexico Dog, Blue, Being Harassed

Some disturbing and disappointing news comes from Elephant Butte, New Mexico where Blue, an Australian cattle dog lives.  It is sad to report after all the well-meaning efforts of residents from this small town trying to help 11-year-old Blue maintain the free-range lifestyle he has always known, that Blue is being harassed and there is fear for his safety.

In a conversation with Janice Connor, there are now reports a small minority of town folk – merely 3 or 4 out of a total population of 1,431 – are so dissatisfied with the compromise stemming from the City Council meeting of June 13 that they are actually harassing the poor animal. Janice reports for the past several days she and her husband, Bob Owen, have found Blue in a state of trembling anxiety when, at 6 a.m., they go to open their business at the Butte General Store and Marine.

Janice tells me Blue is a gentle and loving dog who has always responded well to all people.  He has lived the nomad life for so long now; he refuses to live inside any building.  He is content to spend his days inside the store but only if he has access to a partially opened door so he can come and go as he pleases.  At night time, he enjoys the wide open outdoors and as I’ve previously written, Blue has a heated and air conditioned dog house that town members have donated to him for shelter.

During store hours Blue regularly greets customers and plays the role of town ambassador.  He walks one of the store employees home every evening for safety and then returns to the store on his own.  He even protected a little girl from her father a couple years ago by putting himself in between them.  Blue didn’t bark or bite, but the dad knew he meant to help the girl; so the dad left her alone.

The outpouring of support for Blue was clearly evident at the June 13 City Council meeting when over 150 town folk attended and many testified for Blue.  Janice told me she was dismayed by the attitude from one of the city council members saying Blue is “just a dog, just one dog…” and couldn’t understand it.  But even more disconcerting was the hearsay Janice got second hand about one of Blue’s non-supporters telling another person “if I get a pellet gun no one would even know if or when I shoot that dog.”

Work on the invisible fence is moving forward, with the trenching beginning this weekend.  Monday it will start to be installed and training will take place with Blue when it is completed, which is expected one day next week.  Janice reports a regular fence won’t work because Blue jumps over it or digs underneath to get out.

In the meantime, Janice and Bob are asking people to just leave Blue alone.  Let him be the dog he has always been and have the run of the acre or so on their property that will have invisible fencing come next week.  One of them will be staying at the store all night with Blue until the fencing is finished.  But, the sad thing is someone has to do this to keep Blue safe…

If you have some constructive suggestions for Janice and Bob about Blue, please submit them in a comment.

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Photo of Blue the dog from Facebook



Oh so sad there are some evil persons who wants to take it on sweet Blue, I trust in God he'll just keep leaving a peaceful life the way he has til now, no evil will harm hiim. And thanks so much to Janice and Bob for care about him that much, they sure are Angels. Hope those people who wants to harm Blue have a bad life with their families. GOD Protect BLUE and Janice and Bob, and all the people who love and defend Blue.

Brenda B T.
Brenda Tyrrell5 years ago

My brother saw Blue today and he has his electric fence. He said that Blue was sleeping near the gas pumps which is what he has always liked doing. The city council is going to make some changes to allow other pet owners to put up an electric fence so that it doesn't just apply to Blue.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

Can we PLEASE get an update on Blue???? Hopefully the authorities have stepped in to deal with the idiot with the pellet gun before he really does something terribly stupid.

Linda P.
Linda P5 years ago

The police need to know about the pellet gun man and take action that he doesn't follow through. Blue is not bothering any one and let him live his life, he is an innocent victim and those that are harassing this poor dog need to be stopped. Blue has had a hard enough life, let him be.

Angela L.
Angela L5 years ago

That bastard who harrassed Blue should be put in jail and see how he likes it for losing his freedom as he's so jealous of Blue's free living. He's a total idiot and cold blooded.
Maybe someone who has a farm for Blue to roam or larger estate can take Blue in for safety, at least he can live the rest of his years in peace. I pray for Blue safety.

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

I think Blue should be kept inside. I know he would not like it, but he would get used to it. This is the only way he would be safe. I don't think an electric fence will work because he will just endure the pain and break free. Perhaps they can use one of the very strong tie-outs that are driven into the ground with a very long lead to keep him confined to the space inside the fence.

Carrie Anne Brown

sad news but thanks for the update hope blue is ok!

Holly Marback
Holly M5 years ago

It sounds like the police need to talk to the wannabe pellet-gun shooter. As I understand it, several attempts to adopt Blue have failed. He has always escaped from their homes. I hope that the pellet-gun person doesn't go to the electric-fenced enclosure and shoot Blue. Blue is 11 years old, and of no threat to anyone in the community. Let him live his life in peace.

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

I'm with Katherine W. - hoping for an update on Blue. We need some good news, please!!!!

Reinhard B.
Reinhard B5 years ago

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.