Blue, Free Roaming Dog, Divides Community In New MexicoCecily Kellogg
Blue is a friendly, adorable Australian Cattle Dog that lives in the small town (just over 5,000 people live there) of Elephant Butte, New Mexico.
Blue is a free range dog. He doesn’t want a home, apparently, although he visits lots of folks regularly and is healthy and well fed.
Sadly, the local leash laws and a couple of local dog haters are causing a bit of a dilema for Blue.
If you’ve never been to Elephant Butte, you’ve missed out on one of the most beautiful places in the world (in this humble native New Mexican’s opinion yes, I live in Philly now, but was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico). It’s a massive reservoir that winds through low desert peaks with crystal blue water that sparkles in New Mexico’s endless sunshine. My husband and I took a boat out on that reservoir in 1995 and exchanged rings and promised to stay together forever.
So you can imagine how a story about Elephant Butte and a dog caught my eye!
Blue lived with the owner of a local taco shop he was abandoned at the taco spot as a puppy until the owner passed away two years ago, and since then he’s become a mascot of sorts at the local general store. He’s rebuffed multiple attempts at adoption, always going back to his heated and air conditioned dog house at the general store.
Sadly, a woman was mauled by pit bulls in nearby Truth or Consequences (yes, real town name, yes, after a game show), and since then there have been many calls to force Blue to live leashed. Some folks have claimed he snapped at them (which everyone who knows Blue finds shocking) and he’s run in front of cars, so they are attempting to force local authorities to enforce the leash laws.
Blue has a lawyer working for him pro-bono, and nearly $1,800 in savings (which the Butte General Store keeps in case he needs medical attention), as well as his posh dog house. Apparently, he received four different plates of food from locals on Thanksgiving.
I wish Blue well, and and I hope everyone finds a way to co-exist with this free range dog!